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White House praises China, Russia on North Korea

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The Obama administration Monday applauded efforts by China and Russia to discourage North Korea from its threats to conduct a missile launch or to commit other military provocations.

“We welcome efforts by Beijing and Moscow to encourage Pyongyang to refrain from provocative rhetoric and threats,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “We will continue to work with our Chinese, Russian and other partners to get North Korea to abide by its international obligations.”

Over the weekend, senior Chinese officials made comments that suggested North Korea’s recent actions were unwelcome. China’s foreign minister said it would not allow “trouble making” on its doorstep, while President Xi Jinping said in a speech that no country should be allowed to cause chaos “for selfish gain.”

A top Russian diplomat said his country is “very much worried by inciting of tensions.”

North Korea has moved a missile to a launch site in the eastern portion of the county within the past week, and it has advised foreign embassies that their personnel should be evacuated.

Mr. Carney said the U.S. is encouraging China and Russia “to use their influence with the North Koreans to persuade the North Koreans to cease these provocative actions and this provocative rhetoric, because stability in the region is obviously in the interests of every country in the region.”

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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