03:01 GMT27 January 2020
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    US Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui co-chaired the 6th Strategic Security Dialogue (SSD) meeting on Sunday to discuss North Korea-related issues and maritime security, the US State Department said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —The two sides reportedly pointed out that the dialogue “was beneficial to enhancing mutual understanding.”

    “[The SSD] included candid, constructive discussions between the two sides on strategic security issues – including maritime issues and the DPRK,” the statement reads.

    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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