SEOUL/TOKYO, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed Wednesday to continue working together to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.
In a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of a three-way summit involving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon and Li stressed the importance of their countries' joint efforts in peacefully denuclearizing the North.
"I once again thank you for China's support and cooperation in the process of realizing the South-North Korea summit. I believe the reason the South-North summit succeeded was entirely China's strong support," Moon told Li.
Moon met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.
In the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, Moon and Kim affirmed their commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while agreeing to seek a formal end to the Korean War.
The South Korean president asked for China's continued support, especially for the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit that he earlier said may decide how and when North Korea will give up its nuclear ambition.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said the location of his meeting with Kim has already been set. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Pyongyang, possibly to set an exact date for the Trump-Kim meeting, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.
Li said China will closely work with South Korea to further develop the countries' bilateral relationship and pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"China plans to push for a healthy, safe bilateral relationship with South Korea, and push for the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula together with South Korea," he said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.
The Moon-Li meeting also came after the North Korean leader made a surprise visit to China's Dalian earlier this week for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was his second trip to China in just over a month as he earlier made an official trip to Beijing for his first bilateral summit with Xi.
Source: Yonhap News Agency