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Following a day of talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese leaders said their two nations would work together to press North Korea to tone down its provocations, amid soaring regional tensions.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Kerry said both the United States and China are calling on North Korea to refrain from any provocative steps — including any missile launches.

But, he said, both nations want to focus on a peaceful solution, not “threat for threat or confrontational language. There’s been enough of that.”

No option was left off the table in his talks with Chinese leaders, he said. Among those he met with Saturday were Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and State Councilor Yang.

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Kerry said there was no question that China was very serious about upholding international standards.

In a joint statement before dinner, Kerry and Yang reaffirmed their intention to work together toward the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea.

“We agreed that this is critically important for the stability of the region and indeed for the world and for all our nonproliferation efforts,” said Kerry.

“We are committed to taking actions in order to make good on that goal and we are committed to make that goal a reality.”

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