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(LEAD) Minjoo head urges China to expand efforts to curb N.K. nukes

All News 17:41 June 07, 2016

(ATTN: ADDS detail in para 7)

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- Kim Chong-in, the interim leader of South Korea's main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, urged China to expand efforts to roll out more effective measures to curb Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

During his meeting with Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Qiu Guohong, the lawmaker said despite the international sanctions against the North, Beijing still maintains certain economic ties with Pyongyang, adding such exchanges will limit the effectiveness of global economic pressure.

"China, which holds significant influence over North Korea, should make more efforts for the denuclearization (of Pyongyang)," Kim stressed at the meeting.

The Minjoo Party said the two discussed various issues related to Seoul-Beijing ties as well as the peace of the Korean Peninsula.

The Chinese envoy said Beijing has been maintaining a consistent stance against the North Korean nuke issue, adding it is also making efforts to resume long-stalled six-party talks that aim to end the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

"Seoul and Beijing hold the same goal when it comes to protecting the peace, stability, and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," China's top diplomat in Seoul said.

Qiu was also quoted as saying by the party spokesman that talks on the Washington-Pyongyang peace treaty and North Korean nuclear development should be discussed on the same table. Beijing has favored a simultaneous approach to resolving the present standoff.

The ambassador also said the two countries are maintaining the closest relationship since the establishment of diplomatic ties, adding their trust in the political sphere has been expanding.


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