BEIJING - US Secretary of State John
Kerry was scheduled to meet China's top leaders on Saturday in an effort to
persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its
belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.
Traveling to Beijing for the first time as secretary of
state, Kerry made no secret of his desire to see China
more activist stance toward North Korea
, which in recent weeks
has threatened nuclear war against the United States
As the North's main trading partner, financial backer and
the closest thing it has to a diplomatically, China
unique ability to use its leverage against the impoverished,
isolated state, Kerry said in the South Korean capital Seoul
late on Friday.