The Latest: US tells China to fully execute NKorea sanctions

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 6, 2017 9:37 AM

 (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Visitors watch the North side from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions Saturday to punish North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion - a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year.

(Manila, Philippines) -- The United States says it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

Susan Thornton is the top U.S. diplomat for Asia. She says in the past, there's been a pattern in which China complies with sanctions after a North Korean provocation, but then slips back over time.

Thornton says the U.S. wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen."

Still, Thornton says China's vote for the sanctions is a good step that shows Beijing understands the gravity of the problem.

Thornton says the U.S. isn't currently considering China's proposal to freeze U.S. military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development.

She says the U.S. rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

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