U.S. seeks China's help to end North Korea threats

Washington, Apr 6 (EFE).- The United States is trying to win the new Chinese government's support in getting its North Korean ally to cease its threats and allow an end to an escalation that continues to increase with news that North Korea has deployed missiles on its east coast.

According to The New York Times newspaper, U.S. President Barack Obama recently conversed with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the White House considers that China has moderated its support of North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un.

China has maintained a somewhat distant, moderate position through the current North Korean crisis, even though the United States has deployed missile interceptors and has sent strategic bombers to take part in joint military maneuvers that have been underway since March in South Korea.

Former U.S. negotiator with North Korea, Christopher Hill, said Saturday in an interview with CNN that some members of China's elite do not want any more military pressure from the United States near its territory, but there are others who are a little tired of the North Korean attitude.

Meanwhile, North Korea does not seem ready to lower tensions in the area and, according to Washington officials consulted by CNN, the North Korean army has deployed two mobile missile launchers on its east coast.

More pressure on China to help lower tensions came Saturday from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Madrid, from where he had a conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.