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U.S., China Fail To Agree On North Korean Sanctions

South Korean activists demonstrate against North Korea in Seoul on July 5 (epa) July 7, 2006 -- A senior U.S. envoy said today that China and the United States were in broad agreement that North Korea's missile launches were a "provocative act."

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said he discussed with Chinese officials how best to pressure North Korea over its missile tests, but there was no agreement on sanctions.

He also said the United States and China agreed on the need to resume stalled six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. The talks involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia, and Japan.

Hill was in Beijing today as part of a regional tour to urge a coordinated international response to North Korea's launch of seven missiles, including a long-range one, on July 5.

China and Russia have expressed deep concern over the launch of the missiles, but have resisted moves by the United States and Japan to punish North Korea with sanctions or other tough measures.

Meanwhile, South Korea's defense minister says North Korea may have another long-range missile at a launch site on the country's east coast.

Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung said intelligence suggests North Korea had moved two Taepodong-2 missiles to the site, one of which was launched on July 5. But he said there was no sign a long-range missile launch was imminent.

(Reuters, AFP, AP)