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    China, US Top Diplomats Discuss Situation on Korean Peninsula

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    Wang Yi and John Kerry exchanged vies on bilateral issues and discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula during a phone conversation.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi held a telephone discussion on Wednesday with his US counterpart John Kerry about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as relations between Beijing and Washington, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

    "Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry on March 9, the sides exchanged views on bilateral relations, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as other regional and international issues," the ministry said in a statement.

    On Tuesday, Wang said that China appreciated friendly relations with North Korea, however, stood against Pyongyang's nuclear program.

    Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test and put a satellite into orbit on February 7, violating UN Security Council resolutions and triggering condemnation from the international community in both cases.

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