China Resists Kerry Appeal for Tougher North Korea Sanctions

  • Agreement to pursue new UN resolution against Kim lacks detail
  • Response to bomb test shouldn't destablize N. Korea, Wang says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he leaves Phnom Penh, Cambodia, en route to China, on Jan. 26.

Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State John Kerry failed to secure China’s support for tougher sanctions against North Korea in the wake of its fourth nuclear bomb test earlier this month, with the two sides agreeing only to pursue a new UN Security Council resolution.

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