U.S. pressures China to curb North Korea
Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that the United States reduce its missile defenses in Asia if measures are taken to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a statement to encourage support from China to persuade Korea North to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
The United States also hoped China could push North Korea to back down against the latest threats that greatly heightened tensions on the peninsula. Kerry’s comments followed a series of meetings with senior leaders of China and implicitly recognized that recent U.S. actions to strengthen its defenses against the North were causing unrest in China.
“On missile defense, we discussed quite why we take what we do,” said Kerry, referring to the efforts of the United States takes to defend Guam, Hawaii and U.S. allies in Asia against a missile attack potential North Korean. “Now, obviously, if the threat disappears – that North Korea denuclearized – the same requirement does not exist at this point of time for us to have this kind of solid, posture inclined toward the front of the defense, “said Kerry.
China in the past has provided limited assistance to the United States in an attempt to curb North Korea. Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi, has renewed its commitment to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It remains to be seen how China will push its allies in North Korea.
“China and the United States should take all measures to achieve the goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula,” said Kerry.
At its meetings on Saturday, Kerry met President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and State Councillor and Yang. “This is a critical time,” Kerry said at the beginning of his meeting with Wang, adding that he hoped “two superpowers, China and the United States, can work effectively to solve problems.”