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US and China agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US and have agreed to step up pressure on North Korea's illegal and missile programmes, state department officials said.

During a meeting here yesterday, Rex Tillerson met and his Chinese counterpart

They discussed the importance of continuing a constructive and productive relationship aimed at cooperation on mutual challenges and addressing differences forthrightly, State Department said.

"They reaffirmed and Xi Jinping's commitment to keep up pressure on North Korea's illegal and missile programmes, discussed the need to achieve a fair and reciprocal bilateral economic relationship, and cooperate to stem the flow of deadly narcotics," Nauert said in a statement.

They look forward to continuing discussions on these and other topics at the next Diplomatic and Security Dialogue during the second quarter of 2018, she said.

last year increased the pace of its missile programme. Since February, has fired off 23 missiles.

On November 29, the North Korean leader said that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the

Fears of a catastrophic conflict between the US and North Korea spiked as the leaders of the two nations taunted each other, with Trump calling the North Korean leader 'Rocket Man'.

The US and its allies, including and South Korea, have put increasing economic pressure on in an attempt to halt the reclusive regime's nuclear and missile development.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 20:15 IST