North Korean leader Kim Jong-un uses binoculars to inspect a live-fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea, March 20, 2013. Press TV
U.S., China Discussed Contingencies In N. Korea: Report -- Yonhap News Agency
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- The United States and China had discussions on the possibility of a regime collapse in North Korea and other contingencies well before the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, according to a U.S. congressional report.
But it remains unconfirmed whether the two global powers are continuing such sensitive consultations.
"When asked on Oct. 4, 2009, whether the United States and China discussed contingencies in North Korea, (then) Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell acknowledged talks about "every" aspect," the Congressional Research Service, a think tank affiliated with the U.S. Congress, said in a recent report. It did not elaborate.
Washington and Beijing are working together for the denuclearization of North Korea but talking formally on contingencies in Pyongyang is apparently tabooed. China is North Korea's largest benefactor and top communist ally.
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Update: U.S., China Discussed North Korea Regime-Collapse Possibility -- Global Security Newswire
My Comment: I am surprised that this story is being leaked now .... my guess is that it is China sending a message to North Korea that they are not happy with what is happening in that country.