* Beijing hopes Washington and Pyongyang can move in same direction on denuclearisation, Xi Jinping tells visiting foreign minister
* Chinese leader offers support for Kim Jong-un’s new focus on economic development
Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Friday that Washington and Pyongyang should address each others’ concerns and make progress to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.
Ri’s visit to Beijing came just days after Xi held talks with US President Donald Trump in Argentina, where North Korea was one of the topics on the agenda.
It also follows South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Thursday.
Talks on denuclearisation of the peninsula have been at a stalemate since Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June.
But Washington has signalled that the two leaders might meet again early next year.
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Update #1: Chinese president meets DPRK foreign minister (Xinhua)
Update #2: China, North Korea meet amid stalled disarmament talks (FOX News/AP)
Update #3: China’s Xi urges North Korea, United States to meet halfway (Reuters)
WNU Editor: North Korea tells China that they are committed to denuclearization …. North Korea tells China it’s committed to denuclearization (FOX News/AP)