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US has given China a 'mission impossible' on North Korea: envoy

Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is giving China a "mission impossible" by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing's ambassador said Thursday.

"There is one thing that worries me a little bit, and even more than a little bit, is that we're very often told that China has such an influence over DPRK and we should force the DPRK to do this or that," Cui Tiankai told a Washington think-tank.

"Otherwise the United States would have to do something that would hurt China's security interests. You see you are giving us a mission impossible." Tiankai, who has been China's envoy to Washington since April 2013, said he did not "think this was very fair, I don't think this is a constructive way of working with each other."

Washington has been leaning on Beijing to take a larger role in reining in the reclusive regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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