China’s President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Jason Lee)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the United States was willing to work with North Korea if it changed its ways, and also said more pressure should be bought to bear on Sudan and Syria.
Speaking in Beijing at the end of two-days of high-level meetings overshadowed by a crisis over a Chinese dissident who had sought refuge at the U.S. embassy, Clinton sought to underscore that Washington and Beijing could still work together on key international issues.
“We see two nations that are now thoroughly and inescapably interdependent,” Clinton said in prepared remarks in the closed door meeting.
On North Korea, where the United States wants China to put more pressure on the isolated nation’s leadership to reign in its nuclear ambitions, Clinton said Washington was still willing to work with Pyongyang if it changes its ways.
“The new leadership in Pyongyang still has the opportunity to change course and put their people first. If they focus on honouring their