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Chinese influence praised for thawing nuclear talks

SOUTH KOREA’S national security director Chung Eui Yong praised the role of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration yesterday in nudging North Korea toward denuclearisation talks.

Mr Chung briefed China’s top foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi on the recent inter-Korean talks and the possibility of a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Our President Moon Jae In and our government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government,“ he told Mr Yang.

The Chinese adviser said that Beijing insists on all parties “sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation.

“As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for.”

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