January 16, 2020 / 12:57 PM / 2 days ago

U.S., Chinese officials discussed North Korea negotiations, U.N. sanctions: State Department

FILE PHOTO: US special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun (L) arrives for a meeting with South Korea's vice foreign minister Cho Sei-young (R) at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea December 16, 2019. Ed Jones/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday discussed negotiations with North Korea as well as United Nations sanctions intended to limit North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, according to the State Department.

When Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun spoke with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng, Biegun “reiterated the U.S. commitment to negotiations” with North Korea and urged China “to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement released early Thursday morning.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey; Editing by Jon Boyle

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