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China and United States pledge to tackle North Korea tensions

  • China and the United States pledged on Saturday to work together to resolve tensions over North Korea's nuclear program.

    Both the U.S. and China said they were committed to the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

    The announcement was made after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Xi Jinping and other top Chinese officials in an attempt to persuade them to urge North Korea, whose main diplomatic supporter is Beijing, to return to nuclear talks.

    Following the meetings, Kerry said both governments had called on North Korea "to refrain from any provocative steps and that obviously refers to any future missile shoot".

    In recent weeks, North Korea has made a series of threats against South Korea and the U.S.

    Speculation has been rife that North Korea is preparing a missile launch, following reports that it had moved two Musudan ballistic missiles to its east coast.

    Kerry stated such a launch would be a "huge mistake".

    Kerry, who is on a four-day tour of Asia, is due to hold talks in Japan later today.