Kim Talks: South Korea solicits Russia, China support


South Korea's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong who led the delegation will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, the Blue House said.

In the meeting, Chung briefed on the results of his recent talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, expressing gratitude for active support by the Chinese government and President Xi Jinping on Seoul's efforts to realize the North's denuclearization.

China is "on the same page" with Seoul over the issues of the Korean peninsula, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, a spokesman of South Korea's presidential Blue House said.

"The current change in North Korea was achieved by the maximum pressure campaign conducted together by Japan, South Korea and the U.S.", Kono told reporters soon after the meeting, which lasted for nearly three hours.

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula.

Chung made similar comments at an earlier meeting with China's top foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, who told Chung that China insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation".

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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.

While China supports maintaining sanctions for the time being, it is prepared to restore its trading relationship with the North in the event of a breakthrough in order to "create a favourable external environment for North Korea's sustainable economic development", Cheng wrote.

China is North Korea's only diplomatic ally and its most important trade partner.

'We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit, ' said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the ministry, in a regular press conference.

Trump also said China "continues to be helpful!" -South Korean war games.

China has long urged the United States and North Korea to start bilateral talks about Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.