China has backed US efforts to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons
Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, top brass at the US Defense Intelligence Agency warned last month that Mr Jong-un’s scientists are on an “inevitable path” to developing an intercontinental nuclear-armed rocket.
Global hostility towards the isolated state intensified sharply last week with the death of 22-year-old Mr Warmbier just six days after he was flown home to Cincinnati, Ohio, after 18 months in jail in North Korea.
Authorities claimed he slipped into a coma as a result of suffering a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause two months into his sentence.
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Complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Despite the mystery over the cause of his death, Mr Warmbier’s parents Fred and Cindy refused to allow a post mortem examination but condemned their son’s “awful, torturous mistreatment” which they said ensured there was “no other outcome possible”.
Anger has grown in the US over his death.
Young Pioneer Tours, which organised his trip, said it would stop taking Americans to the country after his death.
The talks between China and the US resulted in what Chinese state media called a consensus document.
The pledge follows the death of US student Otto Warmbier who was held in North Korea
The Xinhua news agency said the agreement followed talks between diplomat Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis.
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The leaders first met in April and the Xinhua agency called their new accord “an upgrade in dialogue mechanisms” between China and the US.
It added the consensus document calls for both countries to “fully” abide by UN Security Council resolutions and push for further “dialogue and negotiation”.