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Seoul envoy thanks China for role in N. Korea nuclear talks

AFP  |  Beijing 

South Korea's today thanked for its "active support" in the diplomatic process that has set up a historic summit between and

Just days after he stood outside the and announced the planned meet between the US and North Korean leader, was in to brief China's top on the fast-moving efforts to address the nuclear standoff.

Trump and Kim have agreed to meet by the end of May, although they have yet to confirm a date or time.

"Our president, Moon Jae-in, and the (South Korean) believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearisation of the were made with active support and contribution from and the Chinese government," Chung said.

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the

"We will continue to realise the goal of denuclearisation, uphold the peaceful unification of the peninsula, and solve problems through dialogue and consultation," he said.

has long urged the US and to start bilateral talks about Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

has played a key role in passing and 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 China 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

Chung will meet with other top leadership in Monday before heading to later in the week.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 15:00 IST