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US, China see 'clear signs' sanctions hurt N. Korea: Tillerson

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 10, 2017 - 09:18
  • Updated : Nov 10, 2017 - 09:18

WASHINGTON -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday there are "clear signs" that sanctions placed on North Korea over its nuclear weapon program are having an effect.

Tillerson, who is accompanying President Donald Trump on a visit to Beijing, told reporters there the two countries discussed the changes they are seeing in North Korea following recent sanctions by the U.N. Security Council.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP-Yonhap)

"There are clear signs, and the Chinese side has shared with us some of the signs they're seeing," he said. "We see certain signs of our own through intel and other sources we have that it is creating some stress within North Korea's economy and with some of their citizens, potentially even within some of their military."

Tillerson did not elaborate.

The UN Security Council adopted sanctions resolutions after Pyongyang's long-range missile tests in July and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September.

They are designed to cut off revenue for the communist regime and stop its development of nuclear missiles that could reach as far as the US mainland. (Yonhap)