N.Korea rejects S.Korea group's offer for malaria help

The Security Council adopted Resolution 2356 on Friday, blacklisting four additional North Korean officials and 14 entities, after Pyongyang carried out a series of successful missile tests that demonstrated steady progress in its pursuit of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

Mattis said Washington is encouraged by Beijing's efforts to restrain Pyongyang, but said the U.S. will not accept China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea.

Mattis, however, went on to say, "We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo" in the South China Sea.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several southeast Asian nations.

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

"China is firmly determined to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights", Hua said, adding that the country's patrol and law-enforcement activities will continue.

"Respecting freedom of navigation and adhering to global norms [are] essential for peace and economic growth in the inter-linked geography of the Indo-Pacific", Mattis said.

But Mattis said that there is much more in common between the United States and China than the threat North Korea poses, and that he does not consider it a "binary" issue in which the United States can get help from China on North Korea only if Washington "walks away from its values" in making sure worldwide waters remain open to all.

"We want to stop this". Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told a news conference later that he believed Mattis had effectively stressed the USA commitment to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

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North Korea slammed the "mean" sanctions and instead vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs. "We must stand shoulder to shoulder to intensify pressure on North Korea".

"For me, the troubling thing is I don't know what the strategic plan of the United States is", Cohen added.

The last round of complex sanctions imposed by the Security Council took three months to negotiate following Pyongyang's fifth nuclear test in September.

"I think actions speak as loud if not occasionally louder than words", Payne said, pointing out that Mattis's first worldwide visit was to Japan and South Korea.

The U.S. on Tuesday conducted its own test of a missile defense system, launching a rocket from California that officials said successfully hit and destroyed a target warhead fired from an atoll in the mid-Pacific.

A South Korean civic group which offered to provide anti-malarial supplies to North Korea said Monday the North has rejected its proposal because of the South's support of new United Nations sanctions. The recent report allegedly suggests that in the coming weeks, Kim Jong-un may try to test his ballistic missiles.

"Those words must be followed by actions", Mattis said. "The ongoing presence of the United States in the Indo-Pacific continues to under-guard the rules-based order of the region".

Longstanding partners are also mortified that Trump has seemed indifferent to traditional alliances, and have interpreted his pulling out of a trans-Pacific trade deal and the Paris climate accords as signs of broader American disengagement.

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