US Presses China to Rein in N.Korea
The United States is pressing China to rein in North Korea, voicing “dismay” that the Asian power has not put more pressure on its ally as tensions build over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
China has offered condolences over the March sinking of the Cheonan but has not placed blame on North Korea, which has warned of “serious” consequences if the issue is brought before the United Nations Security Council.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the top US military commander, said late Wednesday that China needed to take a greater role after the purported torpedo attack, which claimed 46 lives in one of the deadliest incidents since the Korean War.
“I’ve been encouraged by public statements made recently by the Chinese leadership as to the seriousness of this incident and the need for accountability and yet dismayed by a fairly tepid response to calls by the international community for support,” Mullen said.