Chinese Agree to Pressure NK
China will help pressure North Korea to follow through on its denuclearization process, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi verbally assured Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Though there were no details as to what that pressure will entail. Rice continues to be upbeat about the future of the Six-Party talks, telling reporters:
We are the cusp of something very special here…Now it is time to move on because the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is in everyone’s interest…What I am expecting from China is what I am expecting from others: Use all influence possible with the North Koreans to convince them that it is time to move forward (via AP)
Yang was also optimistic:
[China is] consistently committed to the six-party talks and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula…The Chinese side hopes that the parties will treasure the results we have already produced, which have not come easily (via AP).