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North Korea threatens 'thousands-fold' revenge against USA for sanctions

North Korea threatens 'thousands-fold' revenge against USA for sanctions

In one question-and-answer session, Wang urged North Korea to halt weapons tests and to accept new United Nations sanctions while calling on the US and South Korea to reduce tensions.

China government earlier cited the role of the ASEAN community in contributing to regional peace, prosperity and stability in the region.

The President urged government agencies and their employees to initiate and implement programs to help generate awareness and public support in promoting the observance of Asean Month in the various offices, schools, local government units and private institutions.

The DFA chief said the Philippines did not insist on its own position in order to fast-track attainment of a consensus, stressing the importance of producing a joint communique for the 10-nation regional bloc, which marked its 50th anniversary this week.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers her statement at the Asean-Canada Ministerial Meeting during the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional security forum in suburan Manila on August 6.

Mattis' words, some of the strongest he has issued on North Korea, followed incendiary comments from President Donald Trump who said on Tuesday that threats to the U.S. from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury". Instead, the two focused on the alliance between the two countries and on the North Korea issue as reporters were allowed in briefly for the start of their meeting. After meeting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Manila, Tillerson said he had also warned him Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin's decision to order a cut in the size of the USA mission in Moscow. At a similar Asean gathering seven years ago, Wang's predecessor, Yang Jiechi, fumed at criticism from "small countries" about its claims to much of the South China Sea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today he had told his Russian counterpart that Moscow's meddling in the USA presidential election had created "serious mistrust" between the two countries.

He added that the North was ready to give Washington "a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Japan's new top diplomat, Taro Kono, also called on their Southeast Asian counterparts to rapidly negotiate a legally binding maritime code with China aimed at preventing an escalation of conflicts in one of the world's busiest waterways.

Duterte welcomed the American and said he knew the USA was concerned about Pyongyang's missile program.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests past year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July. "Policemen and soldiers have died on me. So human rights, don't go there". It said the ministers "took note of concerns expressed by some member states".