Kerry pressures China to ensure North Korea denuclearization

SEOUL Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:48am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) asks South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se about a TV wireless microphone as they meet at the foreign ministry in Seoul April 12, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) asks South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se about a TV wireless microphone as they meet at the foreign ministry in Seoul April 12, 2013.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - China needs to toughen its approach to North Korea to push the isolated country to abandon its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Seoul ahead of a visit to Beijing, Pyongyang's one major ally, on Saturday.

Kerry said all parties who espoused denuclearization on the Korean peninsula needed to ensure it happened.

"If that is your policy, you have got to put some teeth into it," Kerry said, referring to China at a business meeting following government meetings.

(Reporting by Jumin Park and Somang Yang; Writing by David Chance; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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cautious123 wrote:
The hypocrisy of ignoring Israel’s nuclear weapons and hounding other countries to give up their nuclear plans will surely be noted by the Chinese–who should tell Kerry to go to hell.

Apr 12, 2013 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
reality-again wrote:
It seems like some people in China are beginning to understand that the regime in North Korea is far more dangerous to their country than it is to the United States.
China’s top leaders seem to be either far behind the curve, or afraid to engage more actively in a regime change move.

Apr 12, 2013 8:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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