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Kim Jong-un’s rejection of father’s pledge led to North Korean nuclear crisis, Chinese ex-diplomat says

December 20, 2017
By Wendy Wu

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to blame for the deterioration of Sino-North Korean relations by abandoning the denuclearisation commitments made by his father and grandfather, a former Chinese diplomat in charge of Korean affairs said yesterday. Yang Xiyu, who was in charge of Korean peninsula affairs at China’s foreign ministry from 2004-05, and also involved in the stalled six-nation nuclear talks, told the South China Morning Post that Beijing would never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and that Pyongyang’s recent diplomatic slur had been humiliating for China.
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