September 03, 2015 09:31
President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday agreed to continue to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons program by working together to restart long-stalled six-party talks as soon as possible.
In a joint statement after their meeting in Beijing, the two leaders said they were impressed by the resolution of the Iranian nuclear impasse through the concerted efforts of the international community, and vowed to try the same with North Korea.
Park is expected to press the point when she meets U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next month.
The six-party talks are also expected to be on the agenda at a trilateral summit between South Korea, China and Japan later this year.
Xi and Park warned North Korea against committing further provocations. "The two leaders voiced opposition to any act that could escalate tension," Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.
China is also calling on North Korea to continue the atmosphere of dialogue with South Korea that was created in marathon talks that diffused a tense military standoff after two South Korean soldiers were maimed by box mines planted by the North.
Xi called on North Korea to comply with its international obligations, including UN resolutions and a Sept. 19, 2005 agreement whereby the North agreed to scrap its nuclear programs in exchange for diplomatic concessions and economic aid.
Park is in Beijing on a three-day visit for celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, including a massive military parade.
Park later in the day met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and discussed ways to further develop bilateral relations.
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