Friday, February 14, 2014

Kerry, Xi likely talk about North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry has likely asked China to urge North Korea to refrain from taking provocative actions.

Kerry arrived in Beijing from South Korea on Friday morning. He met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

The United States is raising an alert against North Korea's possible provocative actions during the annual joint military exercise between the US and South Korea. The exercise is scheduled to start on February 24th.

Kerry told reporters in Seoul on Thursday that no country has a greater potential to influence North Korea's behavior than China. He added that there is more that China can do.

He said US President Barack Obama instructed him to inform China that the US cannot wait until the North has gone much further in its nuclear program.