North Korea

John Kerry Urges China to Put Pressure on North Korea

Tensions remain heightened in the Korean peninsula


CHINA said overnight it was in everyone's interest to defuse Korea tensions as US Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied for a firmer stand on North Korea at a "critical" juncture for world peace.

Over a long day of diplomacy in Beijing, Mr Kerry warned Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping that the stakes were high as China's erratic ally North Korea threatens a missile launch that would extend a weeks-long crisis.