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Kerry to press China on isles, North Korea on Asia trip

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:01 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida deliver remarks to the media after their private bilateral meeting on Feburary this year. -- PHOTO: AFP

ELMENDORF (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will press China this week to dispel ambiguity over its territorial claims and to exert greater pressure on North Korea to rein in its nuclear program.

As Mr Kerry headed out on his fifth trip to North and Southeast Asia, US officials warned of Washington's renewed concern at rising territorial tensions driven by competing claims on disputed islands.

"It is unwise in the extreme for China to take actions that are disruptive of stability in the region," a senior State Department official told reporters travelling on the plane with Mr Kerry.

All those claiming rights in the South and East China Seas should urgently clarify their maritime and island claims in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Seas, he said.

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