China urges North Korea talks, skirts questions on US sanctions push

By REUTERS
May 24, 2017 01:58
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China on Tuesday pushed for dialogue with North Korea and the full implementation of United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear tests, skirting questions about Beijing's talks with the United States on possible new measures.

Almost a month ago Washington began discussions with North Korea ally China on strengthening UN sanctions. However, a week ago US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Beijing had gone quiet.

Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 UN Security Council members. The Trump administration has been aggressively pressing China to rein in North Korea, warning that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its weapons development.

When asked on Tuesday if Beijing was talking to Washington about possible new sanctions, China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said: "It's up to the council to decide what we should do in the current situation. We're working closely with other members."

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