China Envoy Vows to Mediate in Korean Peninsula Issue

China’s Korean affairs envoy on Tuesday said that Beijing is committed to playing a “constructive role” in resolving issues surrounding North Korea’s recent missile tests and nuclear weapon activities.

Liu Xiaoming, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs, pledged Beijing’s participation in easing tensions surrounding the Korean Peninsula during his visit to South Korea.

“I stressed that China’s position is consistent and clear. China is concerned about the tense situation on the Peninsula,” Liu said of his meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Noh Kyu-duk.

“We call on all parties to stay cool-headed and exercise restraint, and we disapprove actions by any party that could escalate tension.”

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to have his country’s nuclear arsenal built as soon as possible while its denuclearization talks with the U.S. remain stalled.

Noh expressed to Liu his concerns over the North’s frequent missile tests in the past months, along with recent reports of restoration activities in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

“The two sides agreed to continue close strategic communication between South Korea and China over Korean peninsula issues,” the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement.

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