The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 25, 2013
 

US envoy: 'Very strong consensus' with China on N. Korea

 
 

BEIJING (AFP) - The United States and China have "achieved a very strong degree of consensus" on North Korea, US envoy Glyn Davies said today after meetings in Beijing following Pyongyang saying it planned another nuclear test.

"We come here in the wake of some dramatic steps," he told reporters in Beijing. Referring to the North's earlier threat to take "physical counter-measures" against the South, he added that the comments were "troubling and counter-productive".

Davies, the US special representative for North Korea policy, said he had had wide-ranging discussions with Chinese officials on "all aspects of the North Korea issue" and they "achieved a very strong degree of consensus".

Both sides agreed that "a nuclear test would be troubling and a setback to the efforts to denuclearise the Korean peninsula", he said.