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China urges US, N. Korea to address each other's 'concerns'

AFP  |  Beijing 

Chinese told North Korea's Friday that he hoped and will address each other's concerns so peace talks on the "continue to make positive progress".

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

Xi "hopes that both and the can come together, and will take care of each other's legitimate concerns so that the process of peace talks on the continue to make positive progress," according to the official agency.

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

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

For his part, Ri said "remains committed to the denuclearisation of the peninsula," according to Xinhua.

Ri also met

"and North Korea should continue to push the situation on the peninsula to develop positively towards denuclearisation," Wang said, according to a foreign ministry statement.

"China 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, referring to a text agreed by Trump and Kim in June.

Talks on nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula between the US and North Korea 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. 17:35 IST