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(LEAD) N. Korean minister reaffirms denuclearization commitment in Beijing talks

All News 17:23 December 07, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with announcement of meeting results; CHANGES headline, photo)

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Friday that Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization remains unchanged, according to Wang's ministry.

The top diplomats of the communist allies met at the Daioyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, less than a week after a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ri was quoted as saying that his country is trying to create peaceful external conditions to implement an "important decision" made by the Workers' Party of Korea.

He added the North maintains its policy of making the peninsula free of nuclear weapons and achieving peace and stability, the ministry said.

This AP photo shows North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho shaking hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Dec. 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

Ri's talks with Wang, who doubles as state councilor, were joined by Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, China's special representative for Korean peninsula affairs.

According to diplomatic sources in Beijing, Ri was briefed on the results of the Trump-Xi meeting in Argentina last weekend.

There's speculation that Ri may pay a courtesy call on Xi during his Beijing stay.

The minister arrived in the Chinese capital on Thursday and plans to return to Pyongyang on Saturday morning.

He traveled to Vietnam and Syria before the trip here.


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