BEIJING - The international community was waiting for China to step up on North Korea, and on Sunday afternoon it finally did. Sort of.
At a last-minute press briefing, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei – also the special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs – announced a proposal for an emergency session of delegation heads from the six-party talks to be held in Beijing early next month.
Despite disappointment that China didn't do more and although many folks here expressed skepticism about the efficacy of such talks, the proposal does take the heat off Beijing – according to one security analyst.
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In the meantime, if anyone was ever in doubt about just how bad things are in North Korea, watch this video obtained by the Daily Telegraph in the UK. The material was secretly shot by citizen journalists and smuggled out of the country; it contains some unexpected footage of an ordinary woman confronting a North Korean policeman.