The China Times

Chinese Vice Premier: Pyongyang seeks to open a dialogue with Seoul

October 27, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, said today in Seoul that the communist regime in North Korea seeks to establish a dialogue with South Korea to ease tension over denuclearization on the peninsula.

Li, who arrived Seoul yesterday for a two-day visit after visiting Pyongyang and meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, today held a meeting with South Korean Parliament Speaker Park Hee-tae, to address safety issue of the region.

Chinese Vice Premier said that during his meeting with Kim Jong-il, he “emphasized that all parties should resume six-party talks and make progress in the denuclearization process to achieve regional peace and stability between the Korean Peninsula and China.”

Li Keqiang’s visit to the two Koreas coincided with a second round of meetings this week in Geneva between North Korea and the U.S. to move towards the resumption of six-party talks.

It was suspended from its last meeting in late 2008, Pyongyang’s withdrawal from the talks following international condemnation for the launch of a long-range rocket.

At the Geneva meeting set out a framework to reopen the talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan.

To resume the multilateral meetings, both South Korea and the U.S. insist that Pyongyang immediately halt its uranium enrichment program.

in a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak requested that Beijing continue to play an “important role” when it comes to getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

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