The U.S. State Department has once again called on China to use its influence with North Korea to guide the country toward entering the international community. The call came in response to news that Kim Jong Eun’s influential uncle Jang Sung Taek is currently in Beijing.
“We always encourage our Chinese partners to make our broader, more general agreed points with [North Korean] leaders when they are there, about the importance of coming back into compliance with their international obligations,” spokesperson Victoria Nuland told a press briefing on Monday.
The U.S. hopes that “the new [North Korean] leadership will consider changing course, because that’s obviously what’s in the best interest of the North Korean people, in the best interest of peace and security,” she went on.
Nuland outlined the new direction that the United States would like the North Korean regime to choose, striking a very familiar tone; “They can open their country, come back into compliance, and live in a place that respects human rights, respects the needs of their people, or they can keep doing what they’ve been doing and continue to face isolation and continue to face misery.”
Officially, Jang’s visit is for the purpose of discussing joint commercial projects. However, experts assume that as one of the most powerful men in North Korea, he will actually address a broader agenda.