Seoul envoy thanks China for role in North Korea nuclear talks

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China's trade crackdown shows how it remains indispensable both in persuading North Korea to agree to talks and in fostering and safeguarding a longer-term solution, Renmin University foreign affairs expert Cheng Xiaohe wrote in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Monday.

The joint security area, also known as Panmunjom, is where leaders from the two Koreas agreed to hold summit talks near the end of April.

In response, Yang said that the recent positive developments on the Korean Peninsula will put the issue of the North's denuclearization back on the track of dialogue.

"Our president, Moon Jae-in, and the government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government", he said.

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A South Korean soldier stands guard inside the joint security area conference room in the border village of Panmunjom between South and North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on October 14, 2017 in Panmunjom, South Korea.

Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's national security chief, briefs President Donald Trump at the Oval Office about his visit to North Korea, in Washington. Kono said a verbal promise of denuclearization is not enough and that he and Suh agreed that the two sides, along with the US, will keep pressuring North Korea until it fulfills the promise with concrete actions.

The North's official news agency has been lauding efforts between the North and South to thaw relations, but state media has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.

Rhetoric in the North's state media has been tame, however, compared to threats a year ago that Pyongyang would fire missiles into the vicinity of the U.S. territory of Guam if provoked.

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