At a meeting of foreign ministers from the East Asia Summit forum member countries in the Philippine capital on Monday, Kono expressed deep concern over the situation in the South China Sea and said that Japan strongly opposes any unilateral attempt backed by force aimed at changing the status quo.
It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.
The awkward gathering came one day after the USA proved successful in convincing members of the Security Council, most notably China, to ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea in response to the regime's increasingly aggressive behavior.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.
Moon has always been a proponent of greater dialogue with Pyongyang in order to diffuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
In July, North Korea conducted two ICBM tests, the second of which was, for the first time, apparently capable of hitting the US mainland.
North Korea has yet to respond to the overtures.
Tillerson did meet with top diplomats from South Korea and China on Sunday and seemed to get a long-awaited boost from Beijing in exerting pressure on North Korea, as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi publicly admonished North Korea to abide by the new sanctions.
The United States does not seek regime change, the collapse of the regime, an accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send the USA military into North Korea, Tillerson said.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that a UN Security Council vote to impose sanctions on North Korea showed that world powers were united behind a push for a denuclearised Korean peninsula. One important experience in achieving this is that the one-China policy and the three China-U.S. joint communiques have been observed, Wang said.
China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade and is a major supplier of oil to the country.
Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members plus Japan, China and South Korea agreed Monday they will bolster financial cooperation to promote economic stability in the region. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers whose remittances help fund Kim Jong Un's regime.
North Korea most recently tested a ballistic missile on July 28. "He will continue working with allies and partners to increase economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilizing behavior".
Asked how the USA can support the Philippine government in its fight against ISIS without endorsing human rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on drugs, Tillerson said there was no conflict. And China's cooperative actions have been echoed by its official rhetoric.
"We want to make sure China is continuing to implement fully the sanctions regime", Thornton told reporters in Manila.
Tillerson said halting missile test launches, which have anxious neighbours South Korea and Japan, was a first step toward dialogue.
Why in the scheme of nuclear war threats from a does it matter?
Tillerson said that for the United States and China, as the world's largest and second largest economies, to stay away from conflicts and confrontations not only benefit both countries' interests but also global peace and development.