Trump claims of 'respect' from North Korea appear thin

Posted August 24, 2017

This positive message comes just after new sanctions by the u.s. Treasury, which has designated Tuesday, ten businesses and six individuals, Chinese and Russians, accused of providing financial support to North Korea, particularly coal.

A Chinese diplomat called the new sanctions a "mistake", according to news reports from Beijing.

"As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, (North Korea) will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table or step back an inch from the path it took to bolster the national nuclear force", Mr Ju said.

The sanctions also hit those who help individuals previously penalized for involvement in North Korea's weapons program and assist the country in sending workers overseas.

Trump's remarks coincide with the statement of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, who complimented Kim's regime in Pyongyang for going more than two weeks without shooting any ICBM intercontinental ballistic missiles or blowing up any nuclear bombs.

Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, says the allies should continue the war games until they "have reason not to".

He said North Korea had not launched any missiles since the United Nations unilaterally imposed new sanctions, and had "demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past".

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On Tuesday, Pyongyang's military threatened "ruthless" retaliation against the USA and South Korea over joint military exercises now underway, warning that "the US will be wholly held accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by such reckless aggressive war maneuvers". These can result in mass scale deaths and are banned by global laws, and the unpredictable nature of the leadership of North Korea is a matter of concern.

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The United States hopes this means North Korea is planning to restrain its "provocative acts" in the future, Tillerson said, adding: "Perhaps we are seeing our pathway to, sometime in the near future, having some dialogue".

Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono says what's needed is not talks but continued pressure on North Korea to get it to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Nerves in Asia were on edge in July after North Korea tested two ICBM missiles that could in theory reach the United States mainland.

USA officials told AFP that Tillerson was not thanking Pyongyang, nor making any concession on Washington's determination to halt Kim's missile program and negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Thousands of United States soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.

Admiral Harry Harris, the head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), yesterday warned that it would be "foolhardy" for anyone to test the US militarily.