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BEIJING | Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:55am EDT
(Reuters) - The United States and China agree that the Korean peninsula must be denuclearized, top diplomats from both countries said on Saturday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, made the comments following meetings between the two sides in Beijing.
A member of China’s Politburo, Li Jianguo, led a small delegation to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, in November. He carried a letter from China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, which is said to have contained a simple message: Do not launch a ballistic missile.
Twelve days later, Mr. Kim did just that.
The relationship between North Korea and China, extolled in the past to be as close as “lips and teeth,” has faltered ever since as Mr. Kim, a political neophyte believed to be in his late 20s, has continued to defy Mr. Xi, a 59-year-old seasoned statesman.
How far the alliance between the powerhouse China and the impoverished North Korea has soured is now debated openly in the Chinese news media. Few call it a serious rift, though a spirited debate appears to be under way within the Chinese government over how to handle Mr. Kim.
But with Secretary of State John Kerry in China this weekend on his first visit as the United States’ chief diplomat, some things are clear.
The personal relationships among Mr. Kim and his Chinese counterparts appear to be less familiar than when his father, Kim Jong-il, was in charge. Analysts suggest that could be a result of the significant age differences between the inexperienced Mr. Kim and the much older Chinese leaders.
There has been no publicized visit of Chinese leaders to North Korea since the embarrassing trip in November when Mr. Kim thumbed his nose at Mr. Xi’s request for restraint.
Originally posted by retirednature
Something tells me that Un won't be around much longer unless he changes his game plan. How does one remove the nuclear capabilities of N.Korea with out starting war?
Originally posted by cenpuppie
Don't believe that for a second. Why? China needs a North Korean buffer zone between themselves and the imperialist West. Yea, they'll say this diplomatically but behind the scenes, they are supporting North Korea. They'd love to have America pushed out of the Asian Pacific.
China has been the major power behind North Korea. My opinion at least.