Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Korean Peninsula's problem requires coordinated actions - Chinese top diplomat

Korean Peninsula's problem requires coordinated actions - Chinese top diplomat

In view of the rapprochement between North and South Korea and the stage being set for a summit between the United States and North Korea, India has resumed ministerial-level visits from its side to North Korea after almost 20 years. The ministry of external affairs (MEA), in a statement from New Delhi, said the "MoS highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India's concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India's neighbourhood".

On Wednesday, North Korea said it might not attend the June 12 summit in Singapore after a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea.

After the USA reached out to North Korea, in a surprise development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) VK Singh as his envoy to Pyongyang to open channels of communication.

As per a release by the Ministry of External Affairs, Singh arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday for a two-day visit to hold bilateral talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relations with his North Korean counterpart and various other high-level officials.

Singh, according to the MEA, held discussions with the Vice-President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Dae; foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, and culture minister Pak Chun Nam.

DPRK ministers also gave Singh an overview of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.

"Both sides agreed to strengthen people-to-people contacts through educational and cultural exchange, to mark 45 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries".

The recent efforts made by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be encouraged, welcomed and supported by the worldwide community, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

After the summit, Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. But after Singh's visit, India and North Korea will now discuss future cooperation in education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, yoga and traditional medicines.

In his meeting with Xi last week, Kim registered his desire for Chinese support in the talks, particularly his call for a "phased and synchronous" approach to denuclearisation, as opposed to the US' demand for an immediate end to its nuclear programme, reported Associated Press.

The efforts reflect the DPRK's willingness to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and build mutual trust with relevant parties, as well as its sincerity to promote a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue, he said.

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