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US pressuring China to rein in North Korea

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, detecting what it sees as a shift in decades of Chinese support for North Korea, is pressuring China’s new president, Xi Jinping, to crack down on the regime in Pyongyang or face a heightened US military presence in its region.

In a flurry of exchanges that included a recent phone call from President Obama to Xi, administration officials said they had briefed the Chinese in detail about US plans to upgrade missile defenses and other steps to deter the increasingly belligerent threats made by North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un.

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