China Urges US to Remain 'Coolheaded' on North Korea

Rex Tillerson was briefed by US Gen. Vincent K. Brooks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday the military "option is on the table" if North Korea escalates its nuclear-weapons program "to a level that we believe requires action".

"We know that efforts made over the last 20 years so far have not succeeded in curbing North Korea's illegal weapon programme", Tillerson said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up his six-day Asia tour on a high note after holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

North Korea, in spite of unyielding worldwide pressure, has continued actively working to develop reliable nuclear weapons, and the current USA administration's answer is to give Pyongyang more time to choose a different path.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the test was successful and that "the world will soon witness the great significance of the epoch-making victory" that Pyongyang has achieved.

After Washington warned that a preemptive military strike against North Korea was more or less "on the table", China on Saturday urged the United States to be "cool-headed" over its nuclear tensions with the rogue nation.

Stating that the main problem in the Korean peninsula is the conflict between the US and North Korea, he said right now the situation on the peninsula has arrived at "new crossroads".

It is Tillerson's first visit to China since he assumed office last month.

"The joint interests of China and the United States far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both", Xi added, in comments carried by China's Foreign Ministry.




"We all believe that the two countries can be good cooperative partners", said Xi, stressing the need for stability in bilateral ties.

He said he had spoken to Trump several times through telephone conversations and messages.

Trump places a "very high value on the communications" that he has already had with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, he said.

Despite China's intention to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, Dunham said Beijing fears the collapse of the North Korean government may pose a problem of migration.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its latest missile launch, firing four missiles into the Sea of Japan.

The U.S. policy of "strategic patience", waiting for North Korea to change course or collapse, is ending, Tillerson said. "North Korea not only threatens its regional neighbors but the United States and other countries", Tillerson said.

Tensions have worsened following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea as it attempts to miniaturise a nuclear warhead able to be mounted on an inter-continental missile.

Trump has accused China of unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, harming the U.S. economy.

He also endorsed the "One China" policy, which has governed delicate relations between the United States, China and Taiwan for decades - after questioning its legitimacy shortly after his election.

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