ASIA N Korea reaf­firms dis­ar­ma­ment pledge

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BEI­JING — North Korean For­eign Minister Ri Yong-ho told his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Wang Yi, yesterday that Py­ongyang’s com­mit­ment to de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion re­mains un­changed, ac­cord­ing to Wang’s min­istry.

The top diplo­mats of the al­lies met at the Daioyu­tai state guest­house in Bei­jing, less than a week af­ter a sum­mit be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Ri was quoted as say­ing that his coun­try is try­ing to cre­ate peace­ful ex­ter­nal con­di­tions to im­ple­ment an “im­por­tant de­ci­sion” made by the Work­ers’ Party of Korea.

He added the North main­tains its pol­icy of mak­ing the penin­sula free of nu­clear weapons and achiev­ing peace and sta­bil­ity, the min­istry said.

Ri ex­pressed hope for con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Py­ongyang and Bei­jing on the is­sue, say­ing bi­lat­eral ties have en­tered a “new de­vel­op­ment phase” this year. In 2019, the two nations will mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish- ment of for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions.

Wang, who dou­bles as state coun­cilor, agreed that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two sides is on the cusp of en­ter­ing a “new his­tor­i­cal stage” as their lead­ers had three rounds of sum­mit talks this year.

Wang said China wants North Korea to main­tain di­a­logue with the US for a “bal­anced res­o­lu­tion” to pend­ing is­sues.

He also made it clear that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment sup­ports the strength­en­ing of rela- tions be­tween South and North Korea and their push for co­op­er­a­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Their talks were joined by Vice For­eign Minister Kong Xuanyou, China’s spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Korean penin­sula af­fairs.

Ac­cord­ing to diplo­matic sources in Bei­jing, Ri was briefed on the re­sults of the Trump-Xi meet­ing in Ar­gentina last week­end.

There’s spec­u­la­tion that Ri may pay a cour­tesy call on Xi dur­ing his Bei­jing stay. — YON­HAP

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