US, China to ad­dress North Korea nu­clear is­sue

New Straits Times - - World -

BEI­JING: The United States and China pledged yes­ter­day to work to­gether in ad­dress­ing the threat posed by North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gramme, as US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son warned re­gional ten­sions had reached a “dan­ger­ous level”.

The lan­guage from Tiller­son and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part af­ter talks in Bei­jing was no­tably con­cil­ia­tory af­ter a run-up in which US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cused China of do­ing noth­ing to con­trol its neigh­bour while Bei­jing blamed Washington for fu­elling hos­til­i­ties.

“We share a com­mon view and a sense that ten­sions in the penin­sula are high, and that things have reached a dan­ger­ous level,” Tiller­son said af­ter talks with Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi. “We will work to­gether to see if we can’t bring Py­ongyang to a place where they want to make a dif­fer­ent course, make a course cor­rec­tion, and move away from the de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear weapons.” AFP

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