Skip to comments.China pressuring N.Korea: US commander
Posted on 03/25/2010 8:44:15 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
China has stepped up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, the US military commander for Asia said Thursday, playing down charges in Washington that Beijing could do more. Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US Pacific Command, renewed calls on North Korea to return to six-nation talks on ending its nuclear program.
"We're convinced that the Chinese are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea, as we are," Willard told the House Armed Services Committee.
"They have made efforts -- increasing efforts, I think -- over the past year to exert their influence over North Korea," he said.
"At the end of the day, the choice to re-enter into six-party talks or not has been a North Korean refusal," he said.
China is reclusive North Korea's closest ally. Some US analysts say China's interests diverge from the United States as Beijing's main concerns are preventing refugees and maintaining a buffer state from US-allied South Korea.
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