Obama Finds Com­mon Cause on NKorea With China & Al­lies

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

In the face of mount­ing threats from North Korea, Barack Obama on Fri­day urged closer se­cu­rity ties among its chief al­lies in Asia and more co­op­er­a­tion with strate­gic ri­val China to dis­cour­age Py­ongyang from fur­ther ad­vances in nu­clear weapons. Ahead of nu­clear se­cu­rity sum­mit, Obama first met Ja­panese PM Shinzo Abe and South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye. To­gether, they warned North Korea would face even tougher sanc­tions and more isola- tion if pro­vokes again with nu­clear and mis­sile tests. Then Obama met Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and both called for North Korea to give up its nu­clear weapons. China agreed to im­ple­ment in full the lat­est eco­nomic re­stric­tions im­posed by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil against Py­ongyang. North Korea’s fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary, fol­lowed by a space a launch in Fe­bru­ary, have her­alded more con­ver­gence among of­ten-frac­tious pow­ers in East Asia.—

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