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N Korea at crossroads

US blocks Chinese proposal to relax North Korea sanctions

Suggested UN joint statement would have rewarded pause in nuclear tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping raise a toast in Beijing   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. has rejected a Chinese proposal in the United Nations Security Council that would ease pressure on North Korea as a reward for its freeze on nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The joint statement, circulated to the 15-member council on Thursday, would have praised the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expressed the council's united "willingness to adjust the measures" on the North in light of its compliance with U.N. resolutions.

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