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Chinese leader calls for 'smooth' Kim-Trump talks

AFP  |  Beijing 

Chinese hopes "smooth" talks between North Korea's and the presidents of the and can produce progress towards Pyongyang's denuclearisation, according to Xi made the remarks during a meeting today with South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, who was in to brief Chinese leaders about his meetings with and last week. Kim has agreed to meet with South Korean Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone in late April, while Trump and the North Korean could meet by the end of May. "We expect a smooth DPRK-ROK summit and DPRK-US dialogue," Xi said, using the acronyms for and South Korea, according to the official agency. Xi voiced hope that the talks will lead to "substantial progress" in the denuclearisation of the and toward the normalisation of relations between the countries involved. The peninsula faces "an important opportunity for easing tension" and called on all sides to be "patient and cautious", the Chinese said. Xi said is willing to work with the international community to promote Beijing's "dual-track approach" along with "helpful proposals from all sides". has called for a "dual-track" of committing to denuclearisation while establishing a peace mechanism.

It has also proposed a "suspension-for-suspension" plan in which the United States, and freeze military drills in return for halting its nuclear and missile tests. "As long as all parties can focus on the fundamental goal of denuclearisation, peace and stability, the will finally in the spring, when ice will thaw and flowers will bloom," Xi said. For his part, Chung thanked Xi for his "big role" in the diplomatic process that led to the "very positive changes". has played a key role in implementing UN sanctions on the North, which are believed to have put immense pressure on the country's fragile economy. is North Korea's only diplomatic ally and its most important trade partner. Still, some in are afraid the country, which hosted failed six-nation talks on the nuclear issue a decade ago, could be cut out of negotiations on denuclearising the

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 10:10 IST