Beijing: China provided traffic support for Kim's journey to Vietnam
As Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un made his way to Vietnam, China provided traffic support along the way, said the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday.
Lu Kang, a spokesperson of the ministry, made this remark at a regular press conference, a day ahead of the highly-anticipated summit between Donald Trump and Kim in Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi.
After deliberations and talks, Beijing offered Kim Jong Un a secure stopover in China before he headed to Hanoi for the second Kim-Trump summit, Lu said.
At Tuesday's press conference, Lu also reiterated China's stance on the Korean Peninsula, saying it hopes the denuclearization of the Peninsula will be realized and lasting peace and stability achieved in the region.
Speaking of the second summit between Kim and Trump, the spokesman said both China and the international community expect the DPRK and the U.S. to take more concrete steps toward those two goals.
The Vietnamese government and people have put in a lot of effort and China hopes that the outcome of the meeting will live up to the preparation, added Lu.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson also touched upon the issue of sanctions relief for the DPRK, saying it is no doubt conducive to the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula if active measures could be taken to relieve or even remove the sanctions on the DPRK, as urged by many countries.
China, he continued, believes that both sides should respect and heed each other's legitimate concerns.