News / Asia

US, China Pledge to Resolve Crisis on Korean Peninsula

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi during their meeting in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing, Apr. 13. 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi during their meeting in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing, Apr. 13. 2013.
The United States and China have expressed their desire to work together to get North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.  Just how the two will do that remains uncertain.  North Korea topped the agenda during a visit by the top U.S. diplomat to Beijing on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both Beijing and Washington support the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

"China and the United States today recommitted to find a peaceful solution and we say to Kim Jung Un and to the government of the DPRK, they have an obvious choice here - which is to join us to try and find a negotiated resolution.  Regardless of what they do, we will continue to fight for that," he said.

Kerry has been urging Chinese officials to use their influence as the North’s biggest ally to get it to pull back from its provocations.  China, however, made no indication on Saturday that it was going to step up the pressure on its neighbor.  

In comments to reporters, State Councilor Yang Jiechi reiterated China’s long-held stance that talk, not tougher measures such as sanctions, are the solution.

"China will work with other relevant parties, including the United States, to play a constructive role in promoting the six-party talks," he said.

The talks, which include host China, the United States, Japan,  Russia, South Korea and the North, have been stalled since 2008.

Kerry did not comment on just what China was prepared to do, but did say that in his consultations with Chinese officials, no option was left off the table, and they had a full discussion of what the possibilities might be.

Kerry says both Beijing and Washington are committed to taking actions to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

“We really want to focus people on the better alternative.  We don't want to get into a threat for threat or some kind of confrontational language here.  There's been enough of that," he said.

Kerry says U.S. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and representatives from U.S. intelligence agencies, travel to Beijing later this month to, as Kerry put it, make sure that this is not rhetoric, but real policy that is being implemented.

Secretary Kerry’s trip to Beijing is part of a four-day Asia tour that comes at a time when tension remains high over North Korean threats to carry out a nuclear attack.

North Korea was not the only item that Kerry discussed in his meetings that included visits with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, State Councilor Yang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Kerry also discussed cyber attacks and climate change with his Chinese hosts.  During the meetings, China and the United States agreed to set up working groups for both issues when the two countries hold their annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue Talks in Washington this July.

You May Like

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

Video One Year After Massacre, Iraq’s Yazidis a Broken People

Minority community still recovering from devastating assault by IS militants which spurred massive outrage More

‘Malvertisements’ Undermine Internet Trust

Hackers increasingly prey on users' trust of major websites to delivery malicious software More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: musawi melake
April 15, 2013 4:30 AM
It seems a good opportunity has dawn to get rid of the nuclear menses the USA had started some seventy years ago. North Korea should set demands accordingly so that any disarming proposals is all inclusive, where all the declared and thievish(undeclared) nuclear powers agree to abandon the weapon under strict supervision. As the first and only country affected by the weapon, Japan should stand firm in a manly manner to bring about result and not sit idle in fear of the Free Masons.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs