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Blinken briefs Chinese counterpart on North Korea policy

After years of setbacks, US kicks off fresh attempt to denuclearize peninsula

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Eighty-five days after they publicly sparred in Alaska, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi picked up the phone Friday, this time to speak about North Korea.

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