WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (Yonhap) — North Korea is one of the key areas where the United States and China can and should work together, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday.
Sullivan also reiterated the US commitment to dialogue with the retreating North.
“Of course we have seen a series of tests by North Korea. The United States has indicated that we are willing to engage in good faith and diplomacy if North Korea is willing to do the same,” he said, referring to recent missile tests by north, including the test launch of a self-proclaimed hypersonic glider.
“So coordination around that issue is also very important,” Sullivan added.
The top US security adviser spoke in a webinar on the outcome of US President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, held the previous day.
“They exchanged views on key regional challenges, including North Korea, Iran and Afghanistan,” the White House official said of the summit in the webinar hosted by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.
Washington has consistently called on Beijing to do more to bring North Korea back to the dialogue table.
“They (the Chinese) have influence and they should use that influence to help North Korea send a diplomatic solution to this and the denuclearization of the peninsula, which is believed to be in China’s interest as well.” , says Pentagon spokesman John. Kirby said earlier.
China, on the other hand, is widely seen as lenient towards its communist neighbor, and often fails to implement UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
China, along with Russia, circulated a draft resolution earlier this month at the UN Security Council calling for a reduction in sanctions against the north.
Sullivan said the US president entered Monday’s virtual summit from a strong position, bolstered in part by the US’s strong relations with its key allies and partners, including South Korea.
“He has strengthened our alliances with the Republic of Korea and Japan so that they are as strong as they have been in the history of those two alliances. That is the context for last night’s meeting, the strategic environment in which President Biden walked,” said he, referring to South Korea by his official name.