Seoul welcomes outcome of Kim-Xi meeting

South Korea on Wednesday welcomed the outcome of a meeting between leaders of North Korea and China on the previous day, expressing hope for China’s positive role in the denuclearization of the North, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“The latest North Korea-China summit is believed to have moved the denuclearization process a step further,” Presidential Office Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told press briefing in Seoul. “In addition, we expect China to play a positive role in safely completing the denuclearization process,” he added. The remarks came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed their joint efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday.

The Kim-Xi summit was the third of its kind in just about three months. Their latest meeting also followed Kim’s historic summit with US President Donald Trump, held in Singapore last week. Kim arrived in the Chinese capital on Tuesday for a two-day visit.

Earlier in the day, North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said Xi gave high appreciation and extended heartfelt congratulations to Kim for having steered the North Korea-US summit meeting and talks successfully and put the situation of the Korean Peninsula on the track of dialogue, negotiation, peace and stability. “Voicing full support for the stand and determination of the DPRK side for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he said that China will continue to play its constructive role in the future, too,” it added, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Source: Kuwait News Agency