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China, US agree aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

26 June 2017

The security talks between US and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are occurring amid outrage in Washington over the death of Otto Warmbier days after the American student was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma.

Their meeting took place against a backdrop of high tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Asked whether Trump had lost faith in China's ability to restrain North Korea, Mattis said the president's view represented Americans' "frustration" with Pyongyang's provocations and after seeing "a young man go over there healthy, and with a minor act of mischief, come home dead, basically". She said the USA would be consulting with China on implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that are meant to restrict revenue and technology for the North's nuclear and missile programs.

Tillerson called for increased efforts to curtail the North's illicit revenue streams of revenue that allegedly help fund its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

Beijing, which wants resumed USA negotiations with North Korea, was hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

They will also talk about tensions in the South China Sea.

Mattis added that Beijing and Washington will continue to work on "closing gaps" in their understanding in the future.

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North Korea conducts about 90 percent of its trade through China, which maintains that it implements the United Nations sanctions properly. -Chinese talks on June 21. Beforehand, China said it was hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue. The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea.

Yang later met with US President Donald Trump in the White House, where they also discussed North Korea, Xinhua reported.

While the USA officials stressed agreement on the goal of North Korean denuclearization, the talks also dealt with China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, with the Americans reaffirming opposition to Beijing's militarization of islands it is building in the strategic waterway.

Divisive trade issues will be dealt with at a later date. Three Americans remain in detention in the reclusive country.

Two of these departments are for Asia (one for China, Japan and Mongolia and the other for the rest of the continent), one for North America, another for Russian Federation and the former Soviet republics, one for Europe and yet another for Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, reports Efe news. The route to inflicting significant economic pain on Kim's government remains through China.

Washington has considered further "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and other firms doing business with North Korea, which China opposes. -Chinese talks in Washington.

China, US agree aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization