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China hopes US, N. Korea keep up denuclearisation talks

AFP  |  Beijing 

China's told his North Korean counterpart in on Friday that he hoped and will maintain dialogue and stick to their denuclearisation summit agreement.

met with North Korea's Ri as denuclearisation talks have made little progress since a historic June summit between and North Korean leader Un.

is a key in the diplomatic shuffle as it is North Korea's main diplomatic ally and trade partner.

"and should continue to push the situation on the peninsula to develop positively towards denuclearisation," said China's ministry of foreign affairs in a statement, citing comments from Wang.

"hopes that the DPRK and the will maintain dialogue and balance their concerns and achieve the goals set by the DPRK-US Joint Statement," it said.

For his part, Ri said North Korea's "commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the maintenance of peace and stability on the peninsula has not changed," the statement said.

Ri also met Chinese

"The international and regional situation as well as the situation on the remains in flux, so timely exchanges and the coordination of positions between China and are still extremely essential," Xi said.

Talks on nuclear disarmament on the between the US and have stalled in recent months, with pushing to maintain sanctions until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation" and condemning US demands as "gangster-like."

In June, Trump and Kim opened up a face-to-face dialogue in after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

The two leaders signed a vaguely worded agreement on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but progress has since stalled as and spar over the meaning of the document.

North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Trump said Saturday he hoped to hold a second summit with Kim in early 2019. Xi and Trump discussed North Korea at the summit in last weekend.

Ri's visit to marked his fifth meeting with Wang this year, as relations between China and North Korea have warmed following a chill.

Despite their Cold War-era alliance, China has supported a series of sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:15 IST