Seoul envoy thanks Xi for 'big role' in N. Korea nuclear talks

  • Seoul envoy thanks Xi for 'big role' in N. Korea nuclear talks

Seoul envoy thanks Xi for 'big role' in N. Korea nuclear talks

South Korea's national security adviser is visiting China to seek support and cooperation ahead of summit talks between the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

In a surprising move after months of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, US President Donald Trump agreed on Thursday to a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

"Once again, we expect that China will continue to play an active and leading role and the South Korean government will continue to coordinate closely with China".

"The dramatic developments unfolding on the Korean Peninsula seem to conform with efforts to bring the denuclearization drive for the Korean Peninsula back on track and also with the direction of the U.N. Security Council resolutions", he added.

Chung first met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

South Korean Spy Chief, Suh Hoon, was meanwhile to head to Tokyo to brief the Japanese government on the talks led by Chung in Pyongyang and Washington recently.

Chung said he conveyed an invitation by Moon for Xi to make a state visit to South Korea.

China's trade crackdown shows how it remains indispensable both in persuading Pyongyang to agree to talks and in fostering and safeguarding a longer term solution, Renmin University foreign affairs expert Cheng Xiaohe wrote in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Monday.

"We look forward to the smooth organisation of the South-North leaders meeting and dialogue between North Korea and the U.S.".

Chung announced last week that Trump said he would meet Kim by May "to achieve permanent denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

China, which has repeatedly pressed the USA and North Korea to hold talks, has urged Xi and Kim to hold their meeting as soon as possible.

Xi did not say more about the North Korean nuclear crisis, but he said China's relations with South Korea have "maintained a good momentum of improvement". The issue is one of the top priorities of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.