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China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

  • Beijing favors talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear program
  • Tillerson says U.S. policy of ‘strategic patience’ has ended
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Rex Tillerson Softens Tone on China

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough. While that’s largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Tillerson’s comments -- and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump -- signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising.