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Chinese Strategy on North Korea 'Has Not Worked,' Kerry Says Bluntly

Jan 08 , 2016

An unusually blunt Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that China's diplomatic strategy to defuse the North Korean nuclear strategy simply hasn't worked.

Kerry told reporters in Washington that the United States "respected" the process advocated by Beijing. But in a striking departure from his usual diplomatic language, he said he told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi by phone Thursday that "that has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual."

Kerry said he raised the North Korea nuclear problem at his first meeting in Beijing as secretary of state and that China had pushed for its own approach, wanting to avoid being too confrontational with Pyongyang.


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