| GEO World|
| US-China diplomats meet amid Korea sanctions drive|
| Updated at: 1213 PST, Friday, June 05, 2009|
BEIJING: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg met with top Chinese diplomats in Beijing on Friday, after reportedly telling South Korea it will impose its own financial sanctions on Pyongyang apart from those being considered by the United Nations.
Steinberg met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday morning and had afternoon meetings scheduled with State Counselor Dai Binguo, a senior diplomatic adviser, and Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, who is China's top North Korean envoy.
Winning Chinese support for tough new sanctions is key because Beijing is one of five permanent veto-holding members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as North Korea's most important diplomatic ally and chief source of fuel and food aid.