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>> North Korea defiant on Monday, in the face of a new round of international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Warning of retaliation and saying that the entire US mainland was in firing range of North Korea.>> DPRK will not budge an inch along the path that they have chosen, in order to strengthen its nuclear capability.
>> The UN Security Council, over the weekend, imposed punishing new sanctions. A victory for the administration of President Donald Trump. The US winning over China in the effort, but it comes as Trump singled out Beijing as key to putting pressure on Pyongyang. And in recent weeks, the US Treasury announced sanctions against Chinese firms and individuals for doing business with North Korea.
Reuters' UN Bureau Chief, Michelle Nichols.>> The US and China had been negotiating on a new resolution for a month. The difference between this resolution and two big resolutions that were adopted last year in March and November, was that this one took significantly less time to negotiate. The question remains, did a US threat of secondary sanctions on Chinese firms engaging in business Pyongyang and also President Trump's threat of trade pressure on China, play a role in getting China to agree to these measures a little more quickly than normal?
>> Today the full security council has come together to put the North Korean dictator on notice.>> With the sanctions designed to further choke North Korea's economy, Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Monday, offered an olive branch during a regional security conference in the Philippines, saying the US was open to a dialogue with North Korea, as long as Pyongyang stops the rocket and nuclear tests.
But North Korea's Foreign Minister rejecting that overture. The two statesmen appearing to avoid one another at the event in Manila.