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Military action 'an option' against Kim

Military action 'an option' against Kim”

Sure, his warnings about the possibility of eventual military action over North Korea have raised hackles here, but Tillerson received a warm welcome from China's president on Sunday. "He is also expected to plan for a visit by President Xi Jinping to meet with President Trump at his private club in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., next month, although that hasn't been formally announced yet".

"I think we share a common view and a sense that tensions in the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather unsafe level", Tillerson said after talks with Wang.

Tillerson earlier Friday had said USA military force is an option for dealing with North Korea's pursuit of missile and nuclear weapons.

Tillerson said Wang agreed on the need for a "course correction" with Pyongyang.

"Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict", he said.

Neither side indicated any concrete next steps, and Tillerson did not explicitly back Beijing's calls for negotiations with North Korea, which Washington has rejected.

On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to say China had "done little to help" in North Korea's nuclear program.

North Korea became the eighth nation to have nuclear capabilities after successfully testing its first nuclear weapon in October 2006, CNN notes.

North Korea has carried out two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago.

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Beijing is reluctant to squeeze the unpredictable North, now led by Kim Jong-Un, too hard lest it trigger a confrontation or messy regime collapse. "So we hope China will alter its position on punishing South Korea".

That kind of rhetoric is at odds with Beijing's preference for diplomatic talks.

"That pathway can only be achieved by denuclearizing, giving up their weapons of mass destruction, and only then will we be prepared to engage with them in talks", he said. We're quite clear in that in our communications.

Tillerson's China visit, it seems, is aimed at finding common grounds for bottleneck issues to prepare conducive atmosphere for Trump-Jinping summit, something that China also realises.

Tillerson took a softer line after the meeting with Wang.

While campaigning for president, Trump criticized China for taking jobs away from the United States.

"Once there is chaos in North Korea, it would first bring disaster to China".

China has called for a dual track approach, urging North Korea to suspend its tests and the USA and South Korea to suspend military drills so both sides can return to talks. "There is no one magic formula". Do these remarks mark a break from the Obama administration's policy toward Pyongyang, or do they mark a return to a familiar phrase in diplomacy?

Officials on both sides said North Korea dominated the discussions as two countries believe the situation reached risky levels.

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