Chinese approach on North Korea has not worked, says Kerry

The U.S Secretary of State speaks to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang on the issue.

January 08, 2016 06:34 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 03:09 am IST - Washington:

John Kerry

John Kerry

The United States has said the Chinese approach has not worked in restraining > the nuclear adventurism of North Korea and it was time to consider better measures. U.S Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and agreed to “coordinate closely in the U.N. Security Council and with partners within the Six-Party Talks framework to take appropriate action.”

Making the U.S disappointment with China clear on the issue, Mr Kerry said: “…China had a particular approach that it wanted to make, and we agreed and respected to give them space to be able to implement that. But today in my conversation with the Chinese, I made it very clear: That has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual.”

>Editorial: North Korea’s provocative move

U.S analysts tracking China-North Korea relations think China would not squeeze Kim Jong-un’s regime to the point where it may collapse and cause turmoil at its borders. “Beijing has recognised the need to employ pressure in dealing with its sometimes unruly ally. From China’s perspective, however, sanctions and other forms of pressure must be part of a broader strategy that includes positive inducements and dialogue,” said Bonnie S. Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). According to him, “with friction persisting on a number of issues, including cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property and Chinese island building and militarisation of the South China Sea the Chinese will capitalise on North Korea’s nuclear test to engage in limited cooperation with Washington.”

U.S,, however, is wary of entering into open-ended talks with the North.

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