United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on officials in North Korea

In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mattis sought to balance his hopeful comments on China with sharp criticism of what he called China's disregard for international law by its "indisputable militarization" of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

"If it continues on this risky path, we will have no other choice but to reinforce the pressure, again and again", Delattre said.

The commentator further rejected the claim that the deployment is a reaction to the North Korean threat, saying that "it is a joke" because Pyongyang is so far away from being able to threaten the USA by its nuclear weapons.

"We're there, and I can give you absolute optimism on this issue", Mattis said. "What a crummy world if we all retreat inside our borders". The spokesperson also said that the United States is "sadly mistaken" if the country thinks that such missile interception system can prevent nuclear strikes by the Strategic Force of the KPA, reported ANI.

Since his election, Trump has insisted that China rein in its neighbour, insisting that all options were on the table if its missile development programs weren't shut down.

"The Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to work with the global community toward denuclearisation", the defense secretary added, according to Agence France Presse.

Ms Payne urged China to continue on this path, pointing out that the country is a key source of foreign investment, energy and export income for North Korea.

During his nomination hearing earlier this year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the US was "going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island-building stops, and second your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed".

North Korea on Sunday denounced the new sanctions imposed two days earlier by the U.N. Security Council after Pyongyang conducted a ninth ballistic missile test this year in defiance of earlier U.N. resolutions.

"We must stand shoulder to shoulder to intensify pressure on North Korea".

US Defence Secretary, James Mattis warned that Washington will not accept China's militarisation of man-made islands in the South China Sea.

The praise of China was short lived during Mattis' speech as he criticized Beijing on the issue of the South China Sea.

China, which sent only a low-key delegation to the forum, said its ties with the United States were vital for the region. -China relations but added the two countries must "cooperate for mutual benefit".

It was the first time since President Donald Trump took office that America and China - Pyongyang's only major ally - agreed to adopt such a resolution. "We believe the United States can engage China diplomatically and economically to ensure our relationship is beneficial - not only to the United States and China - but also to the region and to the world", Mattis said.

The analyst argued that the United States is trying to justify its military budget by introducing North Korea as an important threat.

"While competition between the US and China, the world's two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable", Mattis said.

While the United States is unable to stop the North Koreans from abandoning their nuclear weapons program, they're going after the companies that do business with the government of Kim Jong Un.

Calling North Korea's nuclear ambitions a "threat to us all", Mattis said the worldwide community must work together.

  • Leroy Wright