SEOUL, South Korea — China must show leadership in international efforts to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by agreeing to tougher sanctions against its neighbor, a top American diplomat said here on Wednesday on his way to Beijing to discuss how to respond to the North’s latest nuclear test.
“We believe that China has a special role to play,” the diplomat, Antony J. Blinken, said. “It has more influence and more leverage over North Korea than any other country because virtually all North Korea’s trade goes to, from or through China.”
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