US officials meet with China on NKorea sanctions

BEIJING, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - A US delegation met on Thursday with Chinese officials for talks on implementing UN sanctions imposed on North Korea in retaliation for its nuclear test in May, the US embassy in Beijing said.

The US delegation led by Philip Goldberg -- the State Department's point man on coordinating implementation of the sanctions -- met with officials from China's foreign ministry, US embassy spokesman Richard Buangan said.

"Mr Goldberg is leading an inter-agency delegation including the National Security Council and the departments of Treasury and Defence," he told AFP.

"The purpose of his trip is to consult with our partners in the region on implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1874."

The resolution, adopted in response to North Korea's May 25 nuclear test, calls for beefed up inspections of air, sea and land shipments going to and from North Korea, and an expanded arms embargo.

China, which supported the resolution, has been criticised by the United States in the past for lacking enthusiasm for implementing UN sanctions against North Korea, its neighbour and ally.

Goldberg, who holds an ambassador rank, also was tentatively scheduled to hold further talks with Chinese officials on Friday, Buangan said.

But the embassy had no other specifics on what was to be discussed, he said.

Source: AFP

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