Moon calls for Chinese role in denuclearising North Korea

SEOUL (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said yesterday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear stand-off with North Korea is at a “critical crossroads” and has called for China to continue serving a “positive role” in denuclearising the Korean Peninsula and stabilising peace.

Moon made the comments during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Seoul’s presidential Blue House.

Wang made his first visit in four years amid efforts to patch up relations damaged by South Korea’s deployment of a United States (US) anti-missile system China perceives as a security threat.

“The process for the complete denuclearising of the Korean Peninsula and permanently stabilising peace is at a critical crossroads,” Moon said.

“I would like to ask for continuous support from the Chinese government until the new era of a peaceful and denuclearised Korean Peninsula opens.”

Wang called for stronger “strategic communication” between Beijing and Seoul and took a jab at the Trump administration.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. PHOTO: AP