BEIJING/SEOUL, The nuclear envoys of South Korea and China on Monday discussed the issue of declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a process to foster a lasting peace on the peninsula.

Lee Do-hoon, representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, met his Chinese counterpart, Kong Xuanyou, in Beijing to strengthen the two countries' cooperation over security and other issues.

"(I) discussed with Vice Minister Kong Xuanyou how things are progressing as to the envisioned declaration of an end to the war, and Vice Minister Kong also shared what he discussed with the North during his recent visit to Pyongyang," Lee told Yonhap News Agency at a Beijing airport after the talks.

"What is positive is that South Korea and China had a considerable convergence of views on the Korean Peninsula issues," he added.

Asked if China is considering participating in the political declaration, Lee said, "(China) is not talking about it unequivocally, but we are discussing (the issue) with that possibility open."

During the April inter-Korean summit, President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to seek the end-of-the war declaration this year through trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China.

Pyongyang wants it to happen soon, apparently believing that such a declaration will help ensure the security of its regime. However, Washington appears cautious, demanding the North first take tangible steps toward denuclearization.

Source: Yonhap News Agency