US President Joe Biden may hold talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the coming weeks, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on the presidential plane.
“I would not be surprised if President Biden and President Xi talked again in the coming weeks,” he said.
On Wednesday, Mr. Sullivan spoke with Yang Jiechi, Mr. Xi’s foreign policy adviser, to whom he described what he called “our concerns about North Korea’s activities” in the field of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development. “In our view, it is not in China’s interest”, nor “in the US interest”.
“China should consider taking whatever measures it can to reduce the likelihood of provocative action by North Korea,” the White House national security adviser added, adding that he had “a good exchange of views” with his interlocutor on the issue. but.
Mr. Biden is expected this afternoon (local time) in Seoul, where he will meet with the new President of South Korea Yoon Sok-gel, with North Korea high on the agenda.
The US and South Korean governments have been warning for weeks that North Korea is preparing to proceed with a nuclear test, ending the moratorium it had declared in 2017, possibly while Joe Biden is in Asia.
Pyongyang has already ended its moratorium on intercontinental ballistic missile launches (ICBMs) in March.
Despite facing stifling international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, North Korea has stepped up its missile tests this year, defying Washington’s urgings to resume bilateral talks.