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U.S., Chinese Officials Meet In Beijing


http://gdb.rferl.org/04c8944c-17bc-4a7b-9fee-7dea78d69834_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/04c8944c-17bc-4a7b-9fee-7dea78d69834_mw800_mh600.jpg U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte (file photo) (AFP) March 3, 2007 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is in China for talks expected to focus on how to hold North Korea to a nuclear disarmament deal reached in February.


Discussions will also take in other issues such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and regional security.


The three-day visit is the second leg of a trip that took Negroponte to Japan and will also include a stop in South Korea.


After exhaustive negotiations, the United States and North Korea signed a new six-nation deal in February under which Pyongyang agreed to start dismantling its nuclear weapons programs in exchange for economic and energy aid.


Negroponte met today with Deputy Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. No details of the talks were immediately released.


Negroponte was also due to meet with Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and other officials.


(AP, AFP)

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BENDING THE RULES. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told an RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing on January 9 that the West is hamstrung in dealing with Iran and North Korea because of the way it has interpreted the international nonproliferation regime to benefit friendly countries like India and Japan.


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