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North Korea's nuclear program one of key issues at U.S.-China talks Updated: 2014-07-09 16:31:48 KST

  North Korea's nuclear program one of key issues at U.S.-China talks

The U.S. and China begin their sixth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing from this Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will discuss a diverse range of issues with their Chinese counterparts, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Vice Premier Wang Yang.
U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki says the North Korean nuclear issue is sure to come up during the talks.

"But certainly we expect the threat from North Korea, our concerns about North Korea to be a part of the discussion ongoing on the ground now."

However, the two sides are far apart on issues related to Pyongyang's nuclear program.
China, North Korea's only ally, wants to address the issue by moderate persuasion and resuming the long-stalled six-party denuclearization talks.
The U.S. says North Korea first needs to take steps to abide by its past obligations, such as the landmark statement it signed at the six party talks in September 2005, when Pyongyang agreed to abandon its nuclear program.

"How to best work together to put the necessary pressure on North Korea, but the ball remains in their court to take the necessary steps to abide by their international obligations."

A bilateral investment treaty and China's valuation of its currency will also be discussed.
The two nations will also exchange views on sensitive issues like territorial disputes in the South China Sea and China's alleged hacking attacks on U.S. websites.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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