U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Travels to China to Discuss North Korea

by Colonel on April 14, 2013

“Secretary of State John Kerry flew to China on Saturday and sought to elicit China’s help in dealing with an increasingly recalcitrant nuclear armed North Korea by saying that American missile defenses could be cut back if the North abandoned its nuclear program.

Mr. Kerry’s trip to China, his first since taking office, is part of an intensive three-day push to try to calm tensions on the Korean Peninsula that have threatened to spiral out of control and rattled world leaders.

In a news conference, Mr. Kerry suggested that the United States could remove some newly enhanced missile defenses in the region, though he did not specify which ones. Any eventual cutback would address Chinese concerns about the buildup of American weapons systems in the region.

… The two countries announced that they endorsed the principle of ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

” — Michael R. Gordon, Copyright 2013 The New York Times Company

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