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China tells North Korea to enter nuclear talks

world Updated: May 26, 2013 03:10 IST

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, bluntly told a North Korean envoy Friday that his country should return to diplomatic talks intended to rid it of its nuclear weapons, according to a state-run Chinese news agency.

“The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and lasting peace on the peninsula is what the people want and also the trend of the times,” Xi said in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People with Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, a personal envoy of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, the China News Service reported.

In telling the North that it should return to negotiations with the United States and others, Xi struck a stern tone, saying, “The Chinese position is very clear: No matter how the situation changes, relevant parties should all adhere to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, persist in safeguarding its peace and stability, and stick to solving problems through dialogue and consultation.”

Choe had already suggested Thursday that the North was open to at least some type of dialogue.