On Monday China welcomed the meeting between US President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the Korean peninsula, saying their “constructive” interaction yielded positive outcomes.
Trump on Sunday stepped onto North Korean soil to meet Kim in the DMZ, The two leaders agreed to set up teams to resume stalled nuclear talks.
Their previous meetings at Singapore and Hanoi failed to bring about a breakthrough to end North Korea’s nuclear program which leads to the imposition of heavy sanctions and this was their third encounter.
Comments on Trump-Kim meeting, Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told the media that China welcomed the meeting.
He said “the two leaders had a friendly meeting which should be welcomed. Their constructive meeting yielded positive outcomes,”
Geng said the two leaders walked past the DMZ line between the South and North Korea.
Adding that China welcomes and supports that move, he said “The meeting is important specifically for the US and both Koreas to discuss re-starting working-level consultations in the near future,”
Trump’s meeting with Kim followed last month’s surprise visit of President Xi Jinping to North Korea, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years. Trump had accused Xi in the past of manipulating Kim in the conclusion of the deal for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Xi’s recent visit to North Korea has injected “new political impetus” for the political settlement of the Peninsula issue. Geng said.
This round of interactions between US, North and South Koreas serves the common interests of all parties and meets the common aspiration of the international community, he said.
He said this round of communications between US, North and South Koreas serves the common interests of all parties and meets the common aspiration of the international community.
He said “We hope the two countries seize this opportunity, meet each other halfway, explore effective ways to resolve each other’s concerns and work for more progress for denuclearization and political settlement of the Peninsula,”