ROK wants to cooperate with China, Japan for peace on peninsula
The Unification Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Kim Yeon-chul called on Wednesday for joint efforts with China and Japan to build peace on the Korean Peninsula in his first meetings with the top envoys from the neighboring countries since taking office, according to Yonhap.
He met separately with Chinese Ambassador and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Qiu Guohong and Yasumasa Nagamine in the ROK capital.
Yonhap quoted him as saying to both Qiu and Nagamine that he hopes the ROK could cooperate with its neighboring countries for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The ROK news agency also reported that during the meeting, the Chinese envoy praised President Moon Jae-in's efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and mediate negotiations between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
China's Foreign Ministry welcomed the continuing momentum for dialogue on the Peninsula.
Spokesperson Lu Kang on Monday emphasized that China encourages the DPRK and the U.S. to meet each other half way, stick to the direction of settling the issue through dialogue, step up engagement, take phased and synchronized steps as part of a package solution, and work with all parties concerned towards denuclearization and a political settlement.