Korean leader head to Japan, China on outcome of N. Korea visit

Korean leader head to Japan, China on outcome of N. Korea visit

The two top diplomats "plan to share their assessment of the recent rapid progress on the Korean Peninsula and to have in-depth consultations on how to closely cooperate on denuclearizing the peninsula as well as on (envisioned) inter-Korean and US-North Korea talks", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"Our president, Moon Jae-in, and the (South Korean) government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government", Chung said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will hold talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week to discuss their countries' planned dialogue with North Korea, the foreign ministry here said Monday.

Trump agreed on Friday to meet with Kim Jong-un by the end of May and the two Koreas are due to hold their own summit by the end of April.

The North's official news agency has been lauding efforts between the North and South to thaw relations, but state media has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.

China has long urged the United States and North Korea to start bilateral talks about Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

"China's faithful implementation helped make the Security Council's resolution effective", Cheng wrote, citing a 52 per cent decline in trade with South Korea in January against the year before that required "significant sacrifice" on China's part.

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula.

Chung later told U.S. President Donald Trump that Kim also wished to hold a North Korea-U.S. summit.

South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon speaks during his inaugural ceremony in Sejong government complex in Sejong, South Korea, June 15, 2017.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed hope that Beijing and Seoul will handle "sensitive issues" properly by strengthening bilateral communications.

Trump also said China "continues to be helpful!"

China is North Korea's only diplomatic ally and its most important trade partner.