Kerry: U.S., China agree on 'important urgency' of denuclearized N. Korea

BEIJING, July 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Washington and Beijing agreed on "important urgency" of swiftly curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program, adding that they discussed "specific ways" to advance the goal of denuclearizing North Korea.

"The United States and China agreed on an important urgency of achieving a denuclearized, stable and prosperous Korean Peninsula, and we discussed specific ways in which we think can advance that goal," Kerry told reporters as the two nations ended a two-day U.S.-China dialogue in Beijing.

North Korea is one of the topics that were discussed at the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, along with a broad range of diplomatic, economic and international issues concerning the two countries.

"China shares the same strategic goal, and we discussed the importance of enforcing U.N. Security Council resolutions that impose sanctions on North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile program," Kerry said.

However, Kerry said China needs to do more in reining in its unruly ally North Korea.

Kerry said China must play its "unique role" in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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