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

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

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

Special envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in were set to leave for China and Japan on Monday to explain to their leaders the outcome of the special envoys' monumental trip to North Korea.

China is "on the same page" with Seoul over the issues of the Korean peninsula, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, a spokesman of South Korea's presidential Blue House said. Yang said that developments on the Korean Peninsula seem to be in line with efforts to get the drive toward denuclearizing the region back on track.

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.

Suh Hoon, chief of South Korea's spy agency, was also visiting Japan to brief officials there on the progress in talks.

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.

Xi did not say more about the North Korean nuclear crisis, but he said China's relations with South Korea have "maintained a good momentum of improvement".

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

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula.

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Trump has spoken with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since Thursday's announcement, and said Xi "appreciates that the U.S.is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative".

South Korea's government will also decide on whether to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership within the first half of this year, Kim said at the meeting. Trump has repeatedly urged China to do more to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear program.

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