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article imageSouth Korea rejects Chinese overtures for multinational talks

By Michael Krebs     Nov 28, 2010 in World
With US and South Korean forces pushing ahead with war games on Sunday, China has offered to speed up multinational talks with North Korea - an overture that has been rejected by South Korea.
China has belatedly offered to kick start multinational talks on North Korea's destabilizing behaviors, and South Korea - still scrambling from North Korea's artillery attack on Tuesday - has rejected the Chinese overture.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with Chinese ambassadors on Sunday and concluded that talks with North Korea were not properly timed.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry has agreed, however, that the Chinese ideas will be "very closely examined."
Meanwhile, US and South Korean forces assembled in the Yellow Sea to commence joint military exercises - a visible show of force designed to remind both North Korea and China that further aggression from the north will not be tolerated.
China has offered to host emergency talks on the topic of North Korea - and has extended invitations to South Korea, the United States, Japan, and Russia.
China has been under pressure by the international community to help contain North Korea's erratic actions. US Senator John McCain openly criticized China for not doing enough on North Korea's aggression. McCain suggested a change of government for North Korea - a move that could be implemented, he believes, without the use of force.
South Korea's government is under pressure by large numbers of its citizens to take action against the north. For its part, North Korea continues to warn the south on military exercises. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is scheduled to address the nation on Monday.
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