Seoul envoy thanks China for role in N. Korea nuclear talks

  • Seoul envoy thanks China for role in N. Korea nuclear talks

Seoul envoy thanks China for role in N. Korea nuclear talks

Just days after he stood outside the White House and announced the planned meet between the U.S. president and the North Korean leader, Chung Eui-yong was in Beijing to brief Xi and China's top diplomats on the fast-moving efforts to address the nuclear standoff.

Chung and Suh briefed President Moon Jae-in for about an hour on Sunday after returning from their meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"China commits itself to the efforts of realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resolving things through dialogue and negotiations", Yang said.

Xi said Chung had achieved "positive results" in his visits to North Korea and the United States last week, which led to the diplomatic breakthrough.

"At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Xi as saying.

Chung Eui-yong is visiting China to discuss his recent visit to North Korea, at which the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit next month.

In a statement, South Korea's presidential spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, said Xi told the delegation that he hopes an upcoming inter-Korean summit, set for April, will go well and produce achievements.

Trump agreed on Friday to meet with Kim Jong-un by the end of May and the two Koreas are due to hold their own summit by the end of April.

The two top diplomats "plan to share their assessment of the recent rapid progress on the Korean Peninsula and to have in-depth consultations on how to closely cooperate on denuclearizing the peninsula as well as on (envisioned) inter-Korean and US-North Korea talks", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. A location has not been decided for the North Korea-U.S. summit, while Kim and Moon will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the border of the two Koreas.

In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea said any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue at the planned summits must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps.