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Nuclear envoys from S. Korea, China hold talks on N. Korea

All News 19:05 June 08, 2016

By Kim Deok-hyun

BEIJING, June 8 (Yonhap) -- The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and China held talks on Wednesday to discuss how the two countries can better enforce U.N. sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapons program, a Seoul official said.

Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, began talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, earlier in the day, an official who was involved in the meeting said.

During the meeting, Wu is also expected to brief Kim on last week's visit by a top North Korean official, Ri Su-yong, to Beijing, the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Ri met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, in a sign that North Korea and China are trying to mend political ties that were strained by the North's nuclear weapons ambition.

North Korea has been slapped with tougher U.N. sanctions following its fourth nuclear test in January.

Wrapping up high-level talks with Chinese counterparts on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Beijing that China is determined to "fully enforce" U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

The meeting between Kim and Wu comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned earlier this week that North Korea appears to have restarted its main nuclear bomb fuel plant.

If the warning by the IAEA is correct, it would be the latest move by North Korea in expanding its nuclear weapons program, despite tightened international sanctions.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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