SEOUL, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - The foreign ministers of South Korea and China held talks in Seoul on Wednesday amid concerns over North Korea's recent missile test and the blocking of denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington.
The meeting took place days after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new strategic long-range cruise missile on Last weekend, analysts said could be the country's first such weapon with nuclear capability. learn more
Test found steady progress in Pyongyang's weapons program amid stalemate over talks to dismantle nuclear programs and ballistic missiles from the North in exchange for relief from the sanAmerican ctions.
Chung Eui-yong from South Korea met Wang Yi, who is also a state councilor, on the second day of a two-day visit to Seoul 'said the Foreign Ministry.
Chung pledged to continue promoting peace with the North, expressing the 'hope that the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing may provide a chance to jumpstart this effort.
"We hope that China will consistently support our government's peace process on the Korean Peninsula, "he told Wang at the start of the talks. .
"We would like the relay of the Northeast Asian Olympics, from Pyeongchang in 2018 to Tokyo in 2021 to Beijing in 2022, will be successfully held as an epidemic-free, safe and peaceful Games. "
Wang called for continued cooperation to expandir common interests and "more quickly, stably and comprehensively " strengthen diplomatic relations which will mark their 30th anniversary next year.
The two sides held a separate meeting to outline measures to boost cultural exchanges, which have been curtailed in recent years amid China's reaction to a US missile defense system installed in South Korea.
Seoul and Washington claim the equipment is designed to counter North Korean missiles, but Beijing claims the system's powerful radar can penetrate its territory .
On Tuesday, the main nuclear negotiators from South Korea, the United States and Japan met in Tokyo, during which they agreed on the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy to resume denuclearization talks,according to the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. learn more
US envoy Sung Kim told the meeting that Washington has no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang and hopes he will respond to the talks offers.
China, North Korea 's only major ally, has played a key role in pushing it to dismantle its nuclear programs. Hyonhee Shin report; Edited by Michael Perry
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