N. Korea's nuclear push 'not up for negotiation'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho alights from a vehicle as he arrives at his hotel on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila, Philippines on Aug 7, 2017.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho alights from a vehicle as he arrives at his hotel on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila, Philippines on Aug 7, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programmes are not up for negotiation, its Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said yesterday in Manila, where he attended the Asean Regional Forum.

A defiant Pyongyang accused Washington of rigging the unanimous vote by the UN Security Council last Saturday to impose tougher sanctions on the communist state, which tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

China, the North's main ally, yesterday vowed to fully implement the curbs in a push to bring the North Koreans back to the negotiating table.

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