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S. Korea praises China's role in nudging N. Korea to talks

S. Korea praises China's role in nudging N. Korea to talks

"I believe it is extremely important that North Korea takes concrete actions to achieve what it has said", Abe said at the beginning of the talks.

Japan says it welcomes dialogue with North Korea regarding the country's denuclearization but North Korea must take real steps toward that goal. He spoke ahead of a meeting in Tokyo with South Korea intelligence chief Suh Hoon. In Beijing, South Korean National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong met with President Xi Jinping.

President Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to meet Kim in late April.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for all-out efforts this morning to make the dialogue with Pyongyang a success.

Chung made similar comments at an earlier meeting with China's top foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, who told Chung that China insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation".

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Speaking after meeting Suh, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by global society.

While South Korea sanctions against the North are to remain firmly in place, Maeng Sung-kyu, Seoul's vice minister of transport at the land ministry, suggested Monday there is greater possibility the South could pursue abandoned projects, like an inter-Korea rail and natural gas pipelines connecting Russian resources to the peninsula, Asia Business reported Tuesday.

"China's faithful implementation helped make the Security Council's resolution effective", Cheng wrote, citing a 52 percent decline in trade with North Korea in January against the year before that required "significant sacrifice" on China's part.

But there were no reports about the possible inter-Korean summit in April or the country's leader's talks with the United States president by May.


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