BEIJING (AP) - The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese leaders today.
As North Korea prepares a potential missile test and issues threats almost daily, the Obama administration is hoping yet again that China can force its unruly neighbor to stand down. The results from such efforts have been uneven.
Earlier, in Seoul, South Korea, Kerry said a missile test by North Korea would be a huge mistake and further isolate Pyongyang.
U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say that if the test missile is launched and the trajectory suggests that it could be a threat to either the U.S. or allies, the military would move to shoot it down.