- Title: China says it hopes US-North Korea can return to dialogue soon
- Date: 20th December 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING FOR REGULAR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "Through communication with the U.S., we again expressed our hope that both the U.S. and North Korea can quickly recover dialogue and exchanges, meet each other halfway, find an effective solution to establish trust, and properly resolve their differences. The U.S. and China should walk together, step by step, and embark upon pushing forth the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, establish a peaceful mechanism, and share opinions. Both sides agree on keeping in touch in regards to the Korean peninsula issue." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 3rd January 2020 10:29
- Keywords: Biegun Chinese foreign ministry Kim North Korea Trump Washington denuclearisation missiles nuclear peninsula
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAS3MFB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China's foreign ministry on Friday (December 20) urged the United States and North Korea to resume dialogue as the United States' special envoy for North Korea met with senior Chinese officials.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng met with U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Friday, China's foreign ministry said. Biegun also met with Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui on Thursday (December 19).
Pyongyang has conducted a series of weapons tests and waged a war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks, stoking fears the two countries could return to a collision course.
Biegun's public call to Pyongyang for renewed dialogue during a visit to South Korea earlier this week went unanswered, underscoring the reclusive state's discontent at a lack of concessions in response to its decision to halt nuclear tests and long-range missile launches.
(Production: Martin Pollard, Joseph Campbell)
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