Kerry urges China to press North Korea on nuclear program

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(London Post)    In a meeting between the top American and Chinese diplomats, John Kerry has urged Wang Yi to apply more pressure on North Korea regarding its nuclear program. Kerry’s stop in Beijing is his last on a tour of Asia. In Beijing on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that North Korea’s nuclear program presented a “major challenge to global security” and called on China to use its regional influence to pressure Pyongyang to temper its nuclear ambitions.

In an editorial in China’s official Xinhua state news agency on Wednesday, commentators said the United States pursuit of “unceasing defaming, sanctions, isolation and provocation of the DPRK, [flare] up the country’s sense of insecurity and thus [push] it towards reckless nuclear brinkmanship.”
‘N. Korea must be held responsibile’

Observers say that China refrains from really pressing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as North Korea is officially known, on the nuclear issue because it fears an eventual collapse of Kim Jong Un’s regime. This could have unwanted consequences for China, including a Korean peninsula that is strongly allied with the United States and a flood of refugees from North Korea into China.

Kerry and Wang did reach an agreement that a “strong” resolution against North Korea was needed from the UN Security Council. Both the United States and China are permanent members of the Security Council.

China’s disputed claim over territory in the South China Sea – which is a tender issue among regional powers and a shared concern of the United States – is also on the agenda for the meeting between Kerry and Wang.

mz/jil (Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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