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The meeting between the Chinese and the North Korean foreign ministers came hours after the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea. Other countries will also be barred from increasing the "total number of work authorizations", and banned from creating "new joint ventures" with North Korean businesses or people.

The ministers traditionally issue a communique containing their diverse concerns, and their issuance of a separate statement on North Korea's missile tests and nuclear weapons programme reflects their deep worries about the issue.

North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and officials in Washington say its latest test on Saturday showed it may be able to reach most of the country. The sanctions resolution targets North Korea's primary exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

The measure cuts about $1 billion worth of North Korean exports, or about a third of the country's export revenue each year.

"Do not violate the UN's decision or provoke worldwide society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang told Yong Ho.

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"The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved", Wang said.

For the USA, it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump's strategy of trying to enlist Beijing's help to squeeze North Korea diplomatically and economically. Even with new United Nations sanctions in place meant to drive Pyongyang back to the table, conditions still aren't ripe for talks, US diplomats said.

United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said penalties against the regime have now been taken "to a whole new level" and the Security Council had put the leader "on notice". "One thing North Korea is extremely good at is absorbing pain".

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho will attend Monday's meeting with the US, Japan and South Korea expected to push for stronger actions against the North.

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Kang, South Korea's first female foreign minister, said any meeting with Ri would be an opportunity "to deliver our desire for the North to stop its provocations and positively respond to our recent special offers (for talks) aimed at establishing a peace regime".

Trump hailed the vote - saying in a tweet that the sanctions will have "very big financial impact!" - and thanked Russian Federation and China for backing a measure that either could have halted with their United Nations veto.

North Korea pulled out of the talks in 2009 to protest global condemnation of a long-range rocket launch. The threat of an outlaw nuclearized North Korean dictatorship remains.

China's foreign minister said sanctions against North Korea aren't his country's end goal.

All 15 Security Council members approved the resolution, including Russian Federation and China.

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