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China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday.

Wang expressed hope that Pyongyang and Washington would resume negotiations later this month, adding that a strategy of “trying to use extreme pressure to get the other side to make unilateral concessions […] didn’t work in the past and [..] won’t work now or in the future.” Earlier this week, North Korea expressed a willingness to resume negotiations with the US this month, but hours after that statement the country conducted a series of missile tests. While Wang praised North Korea’s remarks on renewed talks, he did not mention the missile tests.

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