China appealed for “coolheadedness” on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis Friday, amid signs that an exasperated Beijing is willing to get tougher with its traditional ally.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appealed to North Korea to return to stalled international talks over its nuclear program without condition. Concluding urgent talks in Asia in response to the North’s Oct. 9 nuclear test, Rice played down differences among the U.S., China and South Korea over the strength and tone of world response to Pyongyang. [Full Text]
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