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And in July, with uncharacteristic bluntness, Christopher Hill [labeled]
While in Beijing, Bush is likely to press for China's cooperation in demanding full verification of whatever North Korea says it is doing to comply with agreements reached in six-party talks on its nuclear weapons.
However, the allusion to the North's human rights record reinforces what appears to have been a conscious US decision to raise the stakes in the great bargaining game over North Korea.
[Excerpt of an article by Donald Kirk,