As­sur­ance on N. Korea pleases China

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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