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During their two-day informal meeting in Rancho Mirage, California on June 7-8, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his host and United States counterpart Barack Obama had "a lengthy discussion about North Korea (DPRK)," said White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
The two leaders "agreed that North Korea has to denuclearize; that neither country will accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state; and that we would work together to deepen US-China cooperation and dialogue to achieve denuclearization," Mr. Donilon explained. Stressing the importance of continuing to apply pressure to halt North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation, President Obama assured his Chinese counterpart that "the United States will take any steps that we need to take to defend ourselves and our allies from the threat that North Korea presents."
According to DiploNews, what was most important in these discussions has been both sides' public and clear sharing of a same goal that is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Recognizing North Korea as a nuclear weapon state would have profound implications to Northeast Asia and the surrounding region, Mr. Donilon underlined, therefore putting China's interests at risk too. On June 6, South Korea proposed ministerial talks with the North to take place on June 12. These were finally cancelled on June 11 "because of questions of protocol," official sources said.
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