April 13 - US Secretary of State Kerry meets with leaders in China where he is expected to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Chinese President (shee )Xi Jinping Saturday at the start of his two-day trip to the country. Kerry has made no secret of his desire to see China take a more active stance towards North Korea -- which has recently threatened nuclear war against the United States and South Korea. He later met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. As they two sat down -- the premier spoke of common ties. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG SAYING: "China and U.S. indeed have huge common interest. Decades of practice after establishment of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations has proven that our common interest is far more than dispute. In addition, as big countries, China and U.S. have a responsibility to maintain the peace and stability of region and the world." Kerry said new leadership in China offers opportunities. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We very very much look forward to building on what the president just described to me as the potential of a new model, a model relationship, obviously this is a critical time in the region as well as in the world. We are very grateful to China for its cooperation with us on Iran and on a number of other issues." Kerry's visit comes after weeks of North Korean threats of war after new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its third nuclear test in February.