China, US working closely on N. Korean issue

October 25, 2006 09:33

China understands that North Korea's nuclear test was unacceptable, and the issue has brought Beijing and Washington closer together than ever before, a top US diplomat said Wednesday. US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, Washington's senior negotiator on North Korea, recently accompanied US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing to rally support for a UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against the North for its Oct. 9 nuclear test. "In China we felt we were speaking with one voice on this issue," Hill told reporters on the sidelines of a Pacific Island leaders meeting in Fiji. "China has been in a very important relationship with us for many years and at no time did we feel any closer together with China than we felt in the wake of the North Korea provocation," he said.

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