WASHINGTON — China’s headaches continue to roll along as China’s vice president is urging North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un to participate in nuclear arms talks.
Reuters reports that Li Yuanchao apparently passed on a message to North Korean leaders from the new Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting between Chinese and North Korean leaders to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Li purportedly said, “As a close neighbor of the Korean peninsula, China will persist in the denuclearization of the peninsula, adhere to safeguarding the peace and stability on the peninsula and persist in using dialogue and consultation to resolve the problem”.
The last top level talks over nuclear disarmament talks in exchange for aid occurred in 2008 between North and South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Russia and China. It collapsed when North Korea’s delegation walked out.