South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agree to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call, while China casts its doubts on the new U.N. sanctions. Grace Lee reports.
Donald Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-in, agreeing to keep up maximum pressure on North Korea in a phone call on Monday (Aug 7), after a new wave of UN sanctions over the weekend.
The two leaders reaffirming their commitment to reining in the North, although officials say Moon still wants Pyongyang know that the door to dialog is still open if Kim Jong Un gives up his nuclear programme.
North Korea's missile tests have been a key focus at the ASEAN summit in Manila, where North and South Korean representatives reportedly held a brief conversation on Sunday (Aug 6).
Pyongyang's foreign minister, apparently telling his opposite number that proposals to improve ties cannot be taken seriously in the wake of new sanctions.
Two key countries involved in those sanctions: China and the U.S.
Beijing's foreign minister having this to say after a meeting with Washington's top Diplomat Rex Tillerson at the summit.
"Both sides reaffirmed that we must fully and comprehensively implement this new Security Council resolution."
But Chinese state media hasn't exactly throw its weight behind the sanctions or the U.S.
The influential Global Times newspaper on Monday (Aug 7) slamming Washington for its quote "moral arrogance", and saying the North Korea situation will never be resolved until the West recognizes that it is part of the problem and not just Pyongyang.