John Kerry
  • North Korean soldiers offer flowers for North Korean late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013.

    There was no sense of panic in the North Korean capital, where very few locals have access to international broadcasts and foreign newspaper headlines speculating about an imminent missile launch.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 15, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT
  • U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    The U.S. and Japan offered new talks with North Korea to resolve the increasingly dangerous standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but said the reclusive communist government first must lower tensions.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 14, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Chinese Premier Liu Keqiang during their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

    Beijing is communicating its strong desire for some form of direct contact between the U.S. and North Korea as a means of defusing the ongoing crisis.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 14, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT