Obama: China Must Take Stand on N. Korea

He wants Beijing to send a 'clear' message to North
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 7:26 PM CST
South Korean Red Cross members load relief supplies bound for Yeonpyeong Island.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Ji-ho)
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(Newser) – As the world community figures out how to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, President Obama wants China to be heard. Beijing must "make clear to North Korea that there are a set of international rules that they need to abide by," he tells Barbara Walters in an ABC interview that airs Friday night.

Obama did not spell out any actions the US may take, though he reiterated that the South is "one of our most important allies." He called the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island a "serious and ongoing threat that has to be dealt with."

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