North Korea has been blamed for the sinking of a South Korean warship in March that killed 46 sailors. Last month, Pyongyang announced it had a uranium enrichment program. And, just before Thanksgiving, North Korea launched an artillery barrage on a South Korean island, killing four people, including two civilians.
China has been encouraging the resumption of six-party talks involving North Korea and regional powers. But U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg says Washington sees that as simply a reward for bad behavior.
Steinberg will lead an American delegation to China next week to talk with officials there about North Korea.
Note that this article never states that it was South Korea who started this,by their live firing exercises over disputed waters, to which North Korea responded with the shelling of this island.
But at least, next week, there will be talks between the US and China, and this may well be a hopeful sign.