China and North Korea hold talks on weapons

The Scotsman - - World News - By CHRISTO­PHER BODEEN

The for­eign min­is­ters of China and North Korea held talks in Bei­jing yes­ter­day amid a lack of progress in in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to per­suade Kim Jong Un’s regime to halt its nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

De­tails of the dis­cus­sions Ri Yong Ho and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Wang Yi were not im­me­di­ately re­leased.

China is North Korea’s most im­por­tant ally, but has agreed to in­creas­ingly strict United Na­tions eco­nomic sanc­tions over Py­ongyang’s drive to de­velop nu­clear weapons and the bal­lis­tic mis­siles to de­liver them. Ri is also ex­pected to be briefed on dis­cus­sions last week be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who re­cently said his next meet­ing with Kim would likely hap­pen in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

De­spite ini­tial op­ti­mism gen­er­ated by Kim and Trump’s June sum­mit meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore, diplo­macy has come to a halt amid dis­putes over a US de­mand North Korea first­pro­ducea­fullinven­tory of its nu­clear weapons.

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