North Korea is ready to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program, China said, the third time this month that Kim Jong Un’s regime has proposed new dialogue after easing off threats of atomic attacks.
In April 2006, President George W. Bush rearranged the name cards at a White House lunch with Hu Jintao, seating the Chinese president next to him instead of across a table so they could talk privately.
A North Korean envoy told a top Chinese official his country is willing to return to dialogue, as the U.S. and China press the totalitarian state to come back to the negotiating table over its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea fired three short-range missiles yesterday as it showcased its military ambitions in defiance of international sanctions and diplomatic efforts to convince the totalitarian state to return to talks.
China’s exports to North Korea fell in the first three months of this year, in what may be a signal to Kim Jong Un’s regime to change its behavior following a December rocket launch and subsequent nuclear test.
China’s President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao were among at least five ruling Politburo members who met with two key advisers to President Barack Obama this week, exchanges that Hu said had “gone well.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Asia seeking to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan and encourage China to increase pressure on North Korea to drop its threats and nuclear-weapons development.