China still hopeful of Kim-Trump talks

BEIJING

May 17, 2018-

China called on Wednesday for North Korea and the United States to go ahead with their historic summit as planned after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of the scheduled meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The North also cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with Seoul because of US-South Korean military air exercises, denouncing the drills as a “rude and wicked provocation”.

“The situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing.

“We hope... some of the high-level meetings that (the two sides) have been working towards can be held smoothly and... results can be achieved,” Lu said.

“Only in this way can the easing up of the peninsula be consolidated, contributing to peace and stability in the region.”

Lu called for all parties to “avoid mutual provocations and further tension, so that they can jointly provide the necessary conditions and atmosphere for a political settlement of the peninsula issue through dialogue.”

Published: 17-05-2018 08:41

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