US, China to cooperate on North Korea situation

March 19, 2017

The US and China pledged on Saturday to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned regional tensions had reached a “dangerous level.”

The language from Tillerson and his Chinese counterpart after talks in Beijing was notably conciliatory after a run-up in which US President Donald Trump accused China of doing nothing to control its rogue neighbour while Beijing blamed Washington for fuelling hostilities.

“I think we share a common view and a sense that tensions in the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level,” Tillerson said after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Tillerson arrived in Beijing earlier on Saturday after visits to US allies Japan and South Korea.