Chinese, N. Korean FMs discuss Korean Peninsula denuclearization

TOKYO, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho met Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday in Beijing before heading for Azerbaijan to attend an international conference, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Wang told Ri that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a successful visit to China last week, in which he held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the report.

“During the visit, top leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on the development of China-North Korea relations and the promotion of a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue,” Wang was quoted as telling Ri.

“Under the current situation, maintaining and developing the traditional friendship between China and North Korea is very important for both countries and the region,” said Wang.

For his part, Ri said the successful meeting between the leaders of North Korea and China has provided an important opportunity for the development of bilateral ties.

“North Korea is ready to work with China to implement the consensus of both leaders, enhance high-level exchanges and diplomatic communication at all levels, so as to inherit and develop the North Korea-China traditional friendly relations,” said Ri.

Wang said China appreciates North Korea’s commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and its important efforts to ease the situation on the peninsula.

“China supports the summit between North Korea and South Korea as well as the summit between North Korea and the US,” said Wang.

Ri said Pyongyang will maintain close strategic communication with China on issues related to the peninsula in line with the direction specified by both leaders in Beijing.

Ri arrived in the Chinese capital earlier in the day. He is expected to participate in the two-day ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku from Thursday and visit Russia.

Source: Kuwait News Agency