U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool
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North Korea's nuclear program is a "major challenge to global security", US Secretary of State John Kerry told his Chinese counterpart Wednesday, urging Beijing to increase pressure following its wayward neighbor's latest atomic test.China is North Korea's chief diplomatic protector and economic benefactor, but those ties have become strained in recent years as Beijing's patience wears thin with Pyongyang's unwillingness to rein in its nuclear weapons ambitions.Nevertheless, the Asian power has proven reluctant to follow Washington's lead on the issue and no substantive actions towards the North have been announced.
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