BEIJING (Reuters) – China has obtained a briefing from the US on the most recent assembly between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, China’s International Ministry mentioned on Saturday, in a name between two senior diplomats.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes arms with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un as they meet on the demilitarized zone separating the 2 Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File picture
Trump grew to become the primary sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met Kim within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom between the 2 Koreas and agreed to renew stalled nuclear talks.
Chinese language Vice International Minister Luo Zhaohui and U.S. Particular Consultant for North Korea Stephen Biegun mentioned that assembly in a phone name on Friday, China’s International Ministry mentioned in a brief assertion.
“Biegun launched the assembly between the U.S. and North Korean leaders at Panmunjom, and mentioned the U.S. aspect is prepared to strengthen communication and coordination with the Chinese language aspect on the peninsula challenge,” the ministry added.
Luo advised Biegun the current “optimistic interactions” on the North Korean challenge by all events had necessary that means for the peace talks course of, the ministry mentioned.
“China helps U.S.-North Korea exchanges and dialogue and hopes that the 2 sides will meet one another midway and observe the consensus of the leaders of the 2 nations to renew consultations on the working degree as quickly as potential,” it added.
Trump’s assembly with Kim got here round per week after Chinese language President Xi Jinping met Kim himself throughout a state go to to Pyongyang.
Whereas China has not formally introduced it, Luo is probably going China’s new particular envoy for the North Korea challenge, after predecessor Kong Xuanyou grew to become China’s new ambassador in Tokyo in late Might.
Luo was additionally concerned in a briefing to Chinese language reporters on Xi’s go to to North Korea earlier than Xi went, in response to state media.
Luo is an urbane profession diplomat who speaks good English, in response to diplomats who’ve met him.
He beforehand served as China’s ambassador in Canada, Pakistan and India, and in addition labored within the Chinese language embassy in Washington from 1996-2000.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; enhancing by Diane Craft