On Monday, State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland claimed to be in communication with the Chinese government concerning certain circumstances surrounding North Korea.
She stated, “The Chinese Government and we work very closely together in the context of the Six-Party Talks to make the same points to North Korea, which is if they want a better future for their people, they’ve got a choice to make.”
Standard of the Department’s statements regarding its stance on North Korea, Spokeswoman Nuland emphasized the need for North Korea to reenter the international community by adhering to its rules and standards.
Nuland asserted, “They’ve got to come back into compliance.” She added, “And we’ve been very strong and very united with China with regard to that. China has unique influence there, so we always encourage them to use it to the maximum, and particularly now, where we have a new leader and he’s got some new choices to make.”
When asked to speculate over whether or not Kim Jong Eun might venture to China in the near future, Nuland recommended that line of questioning be redirected to the Chinese government.
When contacted, a spokesperson for Wang Jiarui declined to elaborate on his visit to the North.