Terry Branstad Wants China to Act on North Korea

By NTK Staff | 05.02.2017 @12:12pm


Branstad said at a Senate confirmation hearing that he wanted the Chinese government to act on the deteriorating situation in North Korea.

President Trump’s nominee to serve as Ambassador to China, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, said at a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he wanted the Chinese government to act on the deteriorating situation in North Korea.

Responding to comments from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Branstad said, “I would hope that recent events has convinced China that they need to take [North Korea] much more seriously.”

Citing the recent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother (a Chinese resident), Branstad expressed the belief that erratic behavior from North Korea worried Beijing.

“I hope that they will use that as a reason to tighten down on sanctions and get serious about working with us and other countries in dealing with this,” Branstad said.

Branstad emphasized the necessity of China’s cooperation in order to achieve a peaceful resolution on the Korean peninsula.

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