U.S. asks China, Russia to take action against N Korea

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The Trump administration sought an embargo on oil imports to North Korea at the U.N. Security Council this week in response to the North's most powerful nuclear test to date.

"We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the worldwide community's strong, united resolve toward peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act", Abe told reporters in the aftermath of the launch.

Tillerson also met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and discussed the threat posed to the Mideast region by Iran and the conflict in Syria.

Tillerson's policy adviser Brian Hook said the Secretary of State "never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure on North Korea".

The measures were a noticeably watered down version of an initial draft resolution, however, which initially included a full ban on the export of oil to North Korea, authorized member states to use force when inspecting suspicious North Korean vessels, and prohibited the hiring of DPRK laborers.

The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the country over its ballistic missile and atomic weapons programs.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russian Federation on Thursday to take "direct actions" against North Korea in response to its latest ballistic missile launch.

The US secretary of state told reporters that Iran was not meeting the expectations laid out in the global nuclear agreement that was reached back in 2015.

Tillerson says it was going to be "very difficult" to get China to agree to an oil embargo.

But the White House has hinted strongly that President Donald Trump won't certify to Congress next month that Iran is in compliance.

On Thursday, Tillerson singled out China as the supplier of most of North Korea's oil and Russian Federation as the largest employer of North Korean laborers working overseas.

The Foreign Secretary will also chair a meeting on the situation in Libya with Mr Tillerson, and the French political director, as well as the Italian and Egyptian foreign ministers, and representatives from the UN and United Arab Emirates.

"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation".

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