China, North Korea reported near consensus

China and North Korea reached consensus on the Korean peninsula crisis after “candid” talks, Chinese state media reported, which analysts said suggested Pyongyang likely agreed not to inflame the situation. The meeting came as Beijing and Washington continued to trade barbs over how best to deal with the spike in tension on the divided peninsula, with China rejecting U.S. pressure to take its impoverished ally to task over last month’s artillery attack on the South. China’s Xinhua news agency said State Councilor Dai Bingguo met the isolated North’s ailing leader Kim Jong-il for talks in the Pyongyang and “the two
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