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


Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said in a regular briefing Monday that in order for the South Koreans to visit the joint Korean venture, the North has to extend an invitation but there has not yet been any word from Pyongyang.

The South Korean leader visited Beijing in December on a trip aimed at thawing tense bilateral relations strained over Seoul's decision to host a USA missile defense system that Beijing sees as a threat to its own security.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".

"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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting South Korean delegation on Monday that the two nations should bolster their communication and properly resolve sensitive issues amid a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Chung will meet with other top leadership in Beijing Monday before heading to Russian Federation later in the week.

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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.

On Sunday, South Korean media quoted a presidential office source as saying the US-North Korean summit may take place, like the inter-Korean talks, at the South's facility in the Panmunjom truce village.

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

North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks to hammer out the details of the inter-Korean summit, but have not officially spoken since the South's delegation returned last week, Baik said.

The North's official news agency has been lauding efforts between the North and South to thaw relations, but state media has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.