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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) shake hands during their meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on March 16, 2017.
(CNN)US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a new approach toward North Korea Thursday, saying all the efforts of the past 20 years have failed.
Tillerson was speaking in Tokyo, ahead of stops in Seoul and Beijing, where Chinese leaders are expected to present their own plan to defuse escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
"The diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearization have failed. So we have 20 years of a failed approach," Tillerson said at a news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
China will formally present its own proposal to Tillerson on Saturday, a senior Chinese diplomat told CNN Thursday.
The Chinese plan calls for North Korea to suspend its ballistic missile tests and nuclear activities, and for the United States and South Korea to halt large-scale military exercises that annually antagonize Pyongyang.