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S.Korean Envoys to Brief China, Japan on N.Korea Visit

12 March 2018

During the forthcoming meeting, Kang and Tillerson also plan to discuss the United States' recent protectionist measures as well as other economic and trade issues, the ministry said, referring to Trump's recent decision to impose heavy tariffs on steel imports, including those from South Korea.

North Korean media mentioned a visit by a delegation from the South last week, but no coverage has been seen of Kim Jong Un's invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump or the South Korean president to discuss the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Just days after he stood outside the White House and announced the planned meet between the United States president and the North Korean leader, Chung Eui-yong was in Beijing to brief Xi and China's top diplomats on the fast-moving efforts to address the nuclear standoff.

Chung renewed Moon's invitation for Xi to visit Seoul.

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Kang's trip comes as Seoul steps up efforts to broker talks between the U.S. and North Korea to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.

Earlier, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told Chung that Beijing "will continue to realize the goal of denuclearization, uphold the peaceful unification of the peninsula, and solve problems through dialogue and consultation".

Chung led Moon's special envoys to Pyongyang and Washington, which led to the landmark announcements of inter-Korean and U.S.

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula.

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"The dramatic developments unfolding on the Korean Peninsula seem to conform with efforts to bring the denuclearization drive for the Korean Peninsula back on track and also with the direction of the U.N. Security Council resolutions", he added.

North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks to hammer out the details of the inter-Korean summit, but have not officially spoken since the South's delegation returned last week, Baik said.

He underscored the importance of global efforts to pursue "political" and "diplomatic" resolutions. It will be preceded by what will be the third inter-Korean summit, which is scheduled for late April.

Yang said that Chung's trip to Beijing demonstrates the strong emphasis that President Moon is placing on relations with China.

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S.Korean Envoys to Brief China, Japan on N.Korea Visit