United States and China reiterated support on the implementation of new U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea in bilateral talks on Sunday.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met in Manila, Philippines on the sidelines of the ongoing ASEAN summit in Manila, Philippines.
Both countries acknowledged and urged “fully and comprehensively” the implementation of the U.N. Security Council’s decision, Wang told journalists after the meeting.
Earlier in the day, Wang said the sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but the dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a “critical juncture”.
The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously imposed the new sanctions on Pyongyang over its two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a move that could slash by a third the Asian state’s $3 billion annual export revenue.
The United States, which has long maintained that China has not done enough to rein in North Korea, negotiated with China for a month on the new resolution before putting it to the Security Council.