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Pentagon urges China to intensify pressure on N. Korea

2013/09/11 03:46

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- A top Pentagon official has asked China to step up efforts to coax North Korea to return to "credible and authentic" negotiations on its nuclear program, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, conveyed the message in the U.S.-China Defense Consultative Talks held in Beijing this week, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday.

Miller's counterpart was Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff.

"On North Korea, Miller emphasized the significant concerns of the United States regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile developments," Little said in a news release.

Miller also "called on China to maintain and increase pressure on North Korea to bring the regime back to credible and authentic negotiations aimed at denuclearization," he added.

The meeting between Miller and Wang was part of regular high-level military exchanges between the two global superpowers.

They focused largely on discussing ways to build mutual trust, said the Pentagon, especially after President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping met in California in June.

"They discussed how to sustain the positive momentum in building a constructive military relationship and advance a new model of military-to-military relations into the future," Little said. "They also discussed ways to enhance communications to improve understanding and avoid misperception."

   The two sides agreed to continue discussions between maritime legal experts, and sustain dialogue in key strategic areas including nuclear, missile defense, space, and cyber, said Little.

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