Secretary Kerry Asks Chinese for Help with N. Korea

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Chinese officials today, asking for Beijing’s help to cool North Korea’s recent stream of threats and aggressive rhetoric.


Earlier, in South Korea, Kerry said an expected North Korean test of a mid-range missile would be a big mistake.

As North Korea prepares the potential missile test and issues threats almost daily, the Obama administration is hoping yet again that China can force its unruly neighbor to stand down. The results from such efforts have been uneven.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say that if the test missile is launched and the trajectory suggests that it could be a threat to either the U.S. or allies, the military would move to shoot it down.