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China urges United States, N.Korea to hold talks 'sooner than later'

China urges United States, N.Korea to hold talks 'sooner than later'”

Tillerson says South Korea is keeping the US informed about its discussions with North Korea.

"I've repeatedly said that we have to create a situation of putting maximum pressure on North Korea so that the North wants to have talks with us", Abe told MPs. Tillerson says there should be "talks about talks".

China called for direct dialogue between North Korea and the United States to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula and warned there was still the potential for chaos amid the stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, on Thursday emphasised the need for the worldwide community to keep sanctions in place despite Pyongyang and Seoul announcing plans for the first inter-Korean summit since 2007.

China's foreign minister urged the United States and North Korea Thursday to start talks as soon as possible, stressing that "the sincerity" of all parties to solve the nuclear crisis would be tested. "We should not ease our stance, for instance relax sanctions, just because North Korea agreed to have a dialogue".

The agreement came on March 9 after a South Korean official said in Washington that the US president was prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May.

China says its proposal for a "dual suspension" of North Korean nuclear tests in return for a halt to war games by South Korea and the US has proven successful.

"The Korean peninsula issue has finally taken an important step in the right direction", Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of annual parliamentary session.

Wang said Pyongyang's security concerns should be addressed in return for denuclearization.

He said the change in North Korean policy was the result of the close cooperation between Japan and the United States as well as with South Korea and the worldwide community to apply a high level of pressure on North Korea. Seoul said the North also agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such future talks.

Some experts question how honest North Korea is about its reported offers. "We have now again come to a crucial moment for testing whether the parties involved are truly honest in resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue".



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