April 19, 2016 / 3:32 PM / in 2 years

China frustrated over North Korea but limiting action: U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is frustrated over North Korea’s behavior, including its nuclear advances, but is unwilling to apply pressure that could threaten the viability of North Korea’s regime, the U.S. general nominated to lead U.S. forces in South Korea said on Tuesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during his visit to the newly built Mindulle Notebook Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 19, 2016. KCNA/ via REUTERS

General Vincent Brooks, now the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, also said he was “not optimistic” about the direction North Korea was headed, noting leader Kim Jong Un’s willingness to execute and sideline senior officials.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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