China and United States Agree to Put Pressure on North Korea
kpride, May 29, 2015, 11:19 a.m.
The United States and China have agreed that "pressure" should be a part of their policy on North Korea, a top U.S. diplomat handling North Korea said Friday after talks with his Chinese counterpart. Ambassador Sung Kim, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, met his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, earlier in the day, two days after Kim and his South Korean and Japanese counterparts agreed in Seoul to step up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear ambition, while leaving diplomatic doors open.
Asked about China's response to the three-way agreement among South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, Kim replied, "The Chinese agreed that pressure has to be an important part of our overall approach on North Korea." Kim said that China is working with the U.S. to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea. "And I expect that cooperation to continue," Kim said.
"The Chinese remained committed along with us and other members of the five parties to complete the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and they are willing to corporate with us towards that goal," Kim said. his week's regional diplomacy came as North Korea has raised tensions in the region by claiming to have successfully test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine and made significant progress in miniaturizing nuclear bombs.
Kim also expressed frustration over North Korea's refusal to resume talks over the reclusive country's nuclear program. While South Korea, the U.S. and China have left diplomatic doors open to North Korea, Kim said, "It appears that North Koreans are not interested in any serious diplomacy at the moment."
"In fact, they have rejected all of our sincere, diplomatic efforts to engage in some serious discussions about the nuclear issue," Kim said. This week's flurry of meetings came as North Korea has raised tensions in the region by claiming to have successfully test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine underwater and made significant progress in miniaturizing nuclear bombs.
The six-party talks, involving South Korea, North Korea, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan, have been dormant since late 2008. Responding to the remarks by Kim that China agreed to pressure North Korea, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, emphasized the need for dialogue in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. "We hope all relevant parties will resolve the relevant issue through dialogue and consultation," Hua said.
"The proper settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue concerns peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, meets the common interests, and remains a common responsibility of parties concerned. Constructive efforts should be made to this end by all," Hua said.