China supports US dialogue with North Korea at some point

China supports US dialogue with North Korea at some point
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China is expressing support for comments from Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDeadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo The Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus MORE that the U.S. would like to have a dialogue with North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing "attached great importance" to Tillerson's comments, according to Reuters.

"We hope the U.S. side can put this 'Four Nos' principle into actual policy towards North Korea," Wang said.


Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. wants to "have a dialogue" with North Korea. The secretary of State also told reporters the U.S. does not hold China responsible for the current "situation."

“We certainly don’t blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea,” he said. “Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation."

“We are trying to convey to the North Koreans, we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond,” he added later.

“And we hope that at some point, they would begin to understand that and then we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea.”

His comments came days after North Korea carried out another test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Wang in his latest comments also said China has "clearly expressed" its opposition to North Korea's latest missile launch.

"At the same time, we also call on all parties not to take any actions that will lead to an escalation in tensions," Wang added.

President Trump earlier this month expressed disappointment with China over its handling of the North Korean threat.