China 'ready to abandon North Korea': leaked US document

29th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

China is "ready to abandon North Korea" and would accept unification of the peninsula, according to official leaked US documents published in Monday's Guardian newspaper.

South Korean vice-foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo, told a US ambassador that Chinese Communist party leaders "no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally," according to a memo revealed by the WikiLeaks website.

The South Korean official also said that China "would not be able to stop North Korea's collapse following the death of leader Kim Jong-il."

© 2010 AFP

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