U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Reuters: U.S., China to step up cooperation on North Korea
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Monday to step up cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law-enforcement channels after North Korea's fifth nuclear test, the White House said.
China and the United States are also targeting the finances of Liaoning Hongxiang Industrial, a Chinese conglomerate headed by a Communist Party cadre, that the Obama administration thinks has a role in assisting North Korea's nuclear program, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
U.N. diplomats say the two countries have started discussions on a possible U.N. sanctions resolution in response to the nuclear test earlier this month, but Beijing has not said directly whether it will support tougher steps against North Korea.
Obama met Li on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly session in New York.
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WNU Editor: I am sceptical that this cooperation is going to result in anything useful. China is the only country that can restrain North Korea .... Only China can stop North Korea, no matter who wins the White House (Nicole Duran, Washington examiner) .... but if the past is any indication, China is only going to pay lip service to what North Korea is doing.
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