Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s top diplomat agreed Saturday that nuclear weapons must be removed from the Korean peninsula — amid North Korean’s heighten rhetoric about missile testing and its nuclear programs.

The agreement came as Kerry visited Beijing in an attempt to get China to join the United States in negotiating with the isolate, totalitarian nation and stabilize the region.

The talks began with Kerry going to China’s Great Hall of the People and telling President Xi Jinping that he looked forward to talking about the Korean situation. He later met Premier Li Keqiang and other top communist party figures.

Kerry’s visit to Beijing comes a day after he participated in talks with South Korean officials in Seoul and warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un not to test fire a missile.

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