Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

North Korean "caution" seen in announcing stance on upcoming summits: Seoul

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"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.

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.

National Security Council chief Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon are heading to China, Japan and Russian Federation to brief them on their recent trip to North Korea.

Trump and Kim have agreed to meet by the end of May, although they have yet to confirm a date or time.

In a statement, South Korea's presidential spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, said Xi told the delegation that he hopes an upcoming inter-Korean summit, set for April, will go well and produce achievements.

Chung said Xi's "unwavering" commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and a peaceful settlement played a "significant" part in the recent developments.

During the meeting, Xi thanked President Moon Jae-in for sending the delegation, saying it displayed the importance of communication between the two nations.


Xi said Chung had achieved "positive results" in his visits to North Korea and the United States last week, which led to the diplomatic breakthrough.

North Korea has yet to respond over the possibility of a summit with US President Donald Trump, Seoul has revealed.

Chung left for China on Monday morning.

The spokesman added that he believes the agenda of restarting Gaeseong operations could be discussed as progress is made on cross-border relations as well as North Korea's nuclear issue.

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

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

Ahead of her visit, Lee Do-hoon, the foreign ministry's chief negotiator on the North Korean nuclear issue, will travel to the United States on Wednesday to arrange the foreign ministerial talks, according to the ministry.

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