Following a trilateral summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the three leaders reaffirmed their commitment to dialog to resolve the tensions between North Korea and the United States.
At a joint press conference on Tuesday, South Korea’s president said that they had “agreed to continue close communication and cooperation toward denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
“We shared a view that peace on the Korean Peninsula is in the common interest of the three countries, and decided to work together to ensure that denuclearization and peace continue through prompt North Korea-US dialog,” he added.
On Monday, President Moon met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. They both stressed dialog with North Korea in that meeting, too.
North and South Korea started diplomacy in early 2018. The US joined later that year, holding talks with the North on the demilitarization of the Korean Peninsula.
But US-North Korean diplomacy has gradually ground to a halt because of Washington’s refusal to grant any concessions.