State Dept: China, U.S. to Continue Joint Effort to Denuclearize N. Korea

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:11 AM PT — Fri. February 9, 2018

State Secretary Rex Tillerson and his Chinese counterpart reaffirmed their joint commitment to pressuring North Korea.

According to the State Department, the U.S. and China agreed to maintain constructive bilateral cooperation, including security challenges on the Korean peninsula.

This comes after China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi arrived in D.C. Thursday for a two day visit.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (right) meets with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, February 8, 2018.. (Photo/Reuters)

The department also said Tillerson and Yang discussed ways to achieve a fair and reciprocal trade relationship.

“We have areas of cooperation, obviously, where we agree on the issue of North Korea and the importance of denuclearization,” said State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert. “On that matter, we expect, we hope that China will do more because we know that they can do more in terms of adhering to U.N. Security Council resolutions and sanctions that have been put in place against North Korea –We’re not seeking an adversarial relationship with the government of China.”

The State Department stressed a strong relationship between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea is a top priority to ensure peace and regional stability.