SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- Top South Korean and Chinese nuclear envoys will hold talks this week on ways to denuclearize North Korea and bring lasting peace to the peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.

Lee Do-hoon, the ministry's representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, is scheduled to meet his counterpart Kong Xuanyou in Beijing on Friday.

Lee and Kong still hold the titles of chief delegates to the six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear program.

The forum also involves the United States, Russia and Japan, and its last session was held in December 2008.

Their meeting this week comes a week after Kong had talks with the North's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui in Moscow. Choe and Kong also had a trilateral meeting joined by Russia's top nuclear envoy Igor Morgulov.

The Lee-Kong meeting this time is part of "close consultations between South Korea and China for complete denuclearization and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula," the ministry said in a statement.

They plan to have in-depth discussions on advancing the process and to share the information on the results of the recent Moscow event, it added.

The ministry's spokesman Noh Kyu-duk later told reporters, "With regard to the Korean Peninsula issue, especially the North Korea one, China is an important partner. So the two sides have continued consultations."

It's been a while since Lee and Kong met each other in the Chinese capital in August, he added.

Asked about whether Lee has a plan to visit Russia, where Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, is on a trip, Noh said no.

Source: Yonhap News Agency