Assurance on N. Korea pleases China
BEIJING — China’s foreign minister on Thursday welcomed comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offering reassurance to North Korea that Washington isn’t seeking regime change there.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a briefing that Beijing “attaches great importance” to Tillerson’s remarks on North Korea. Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States does not seek a collapse of the North Korean regime or an accelerated reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
Wang said China hopes all sides can “meet each other halfway to find a fundamental plan to resolve the security concerns of the parties through equal dialogue.”
But Tillerson also said the U.S. does not think productive talks would result if North Korea entered with the intention of maintaining its nuclear weapons.
Tillerson also continued to push for Chinese help in keeping pressure on North Korea because of their special economic relationship. He said the North Korean problem is not China’s fault, but China must help create conditions for productive talks.