China Urges U.S. to Ease Requirements for North Korea Nuke Talks

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July 24, 2014, 9:54 a.m.

A seni­or Chinese of­fi­cial on Wed­nes­day re­portedly said the United States should ease its re­quire­ments for hold­ing nuc­le­ar talks with North Korea.

Chinese Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Zhang Ye­sui in com­ments to South Korean le­gis­lat­ors said Wash­ing­ton was be­ing un­reas­on­able in set­ting con­di­tions for re­viv­ing a para­lyzed mul­tina­tion­al pro­cess aimed at achiev­ing per­man­ent North Korean de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion, a law­maker who was at the meet­ing in Beijing told the Yon­hap News Agency.

“The United States is de­mand­ing North Korea show its will­ing­ness to give up its nuc­le­ar [weapons pro­gram], while main­tain­ing a high threshold,” Zhang was quoted by the uniden­ti­fied South Korean del­eg­ate as say­ing.

China and the United States are both par­ti­cipants in the frozen six-party talks, which pro­pose to re­ward Py­ongy­ang’s gradu­al shut­ter­ing of its nuc­le­ar-weapons ini­ti­at­ives with phased in­fu­sions of for­eign aid and se­cur­ity treat­ies. While Beijing sup­ports re­viv­ing the ne­go­ti­ations as soon as pos­sible, Wash­ing­ton has con­sist­ently said the North must first demon­strate its com­mit­ment to nuc­le­ar dis­arm­a­ment.

Zhang was quoted as say­ing that the United States was at­tempt­ing to “achieve its tar­get even be­fore the talks re­sume.”

“Un­less dia­logue re­sumes, North Korea will have a chance to ad­vance its nuc­le­ar cap­ab­il­it­ies,” Zhang re­portedly said. “And we don’t want this to hap­pen.”

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