Secretary of State John F. Kerry and China’s foreign minister agreed Wednesday to move ahead with a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea for its latest nuclear test, but they appeared as far apart as ever on how far to push Pyongyang.
The United States says any additional U.N. action against the North is likely to include greater sanctions.
Beijing, a critical ally for North Korea, was angered by the nuclear test earlier this month but had not indicated whether it would endorse further pressures. As a permanent U.N. Security Council member, China could use its veto power to block any measures.
While both agreed that more sanctions are warranted, they said the details would have to be resolved in talks at the U.N. Security Council in coming days.