Seoul, 11 Jan.On a telephone call on Thursday to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed recent progress in inter-Korean talk. A statement released by the South’s Blue House confirms the talk.
At Tuesday’s talks, North Korea said it would attend the Winter Olympics in the South next month, and both sides agreed to resolve problems through dialogue and revive military consultations to avoid accidental conflict.
Seoul and Beijing agreed in October to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has been devastating to South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers.
As cited by the official China Daily in his 30-minute call, Xi told Moo that China wanted to work with South Korea to “jointly maintain regional peace and stability”.
“The two leaders agreed to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation,” the statement said.
Both of the leaders hoped the latest dialogue effort would lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean peninsula.
Washington welcomed the talks as a first step towards resolving the crisis over North Korea’s program to develop nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States, but it has reiterated that any talks involving the U.S. must be aimed at the North’s denuclearization.
However, Pyongyang said it would not discuss its nuclear weapons because they were aimed only at the United States and not its “brethren” in China, Russia and South Korea, showing that a diplomatic breakthrough to the crisis remains far off.