Wang-Tillerson meet amid tensions in Korean peninsula

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov cautioned on Friday that the use of force would be "completely unacceptable".

The secretary of State emphasized during his remarks that "the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real" and "it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the USA mainland".

Tillerson opened the meeting with a statement calling on all member states to enforce the existing sanctions, halt or downgrade diplomatic relations with the DPRK, and increase the country's isolation with new sanctions and with a tightening of existing measures.

The meeting was chaired by Rex Tilerson, Secretary of State of the United States, which holds the Council's presidency for the month.

Since 2006, the Security Council has adopted several resolutions demanding the DPRK stop its nuclear and missile activities, but those activities have accelerated.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said the support was conveyed in a U.N. Security Council ministerial meeting on the North Korea issue held in NY on Friday, at which Moscow was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

"We urge other partners with direct influence on North Korea to use their leverage to the full, with the aim of easing tensions and ensuring compliance with the expressed will of the United Nations".

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South Korean media said that on Saturday morning, the DPRK testfired a mid-range ballistic missile that apparently failed shortly after launch, the launch was in direct contravention of requests from China and the USA.

He said, "failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences".

The UN Security Council adopted resolutions on March 2 and November 30 of 2016, respectively, demanding that the DPRK abandon its nuclear weapon and missile programs and imposing sanctions on it. He called for new sanctions against North Korean entities and individuals supporting its nuclear and missile programs, and tighter implementation of sanctions already in place.

"Peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and negotiations represents the only right choice that is practical and viable", Wang said.

He also reiterated China's proposal that North Korea halt nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping military exercises.

The United States and South Korea have been holding joint military exercises since early March. Additional patience will only mean acceptance of a nuclear North Korea.