After North Korea offered to have high-level talks with the United States, China announced that it will be hosting talks with Pyongyang.
According to Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, China will be meeting with North Korea’s First Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan on Wednesday of this week. The announcement was made at a regular news briefing.
China has been urging North Korea, to abandon its nuclear weapons program and to return to talks. “Holding this kind of strategic dialogue is because China and North Korea always maintain close communication,” Hua said. “China is also paying close attention to the situation on the Korean peninsula and is proactively working to promote each side to quickly restart dialogue and consultation.”
It was just a short time ago that North Korea threatened South Korea and the United States with nuclear and missile strikes after sanctions were placed on it by the United Nations for it nuclear and missile tests.
The United States is unsure and skeptical of any move towards new efforts at dialogue with Pyongyang, North Korea has a history of backing down at the last minute on agreements. It was as recent as 2012 that it agreed to a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests only to fire off a missile a short time later.
North Koreas conditions for talks with the United States proposed that the U.S. does not demand that North Korea give up its nuclear program unless the United States does the same.
The North Korean National Defencse Commission stated, the United States should “not lose the opportunity that is laid out and should actively agree with our resolute step and good intention.”
There is no word as yet if the United States will agree to the talks offered Sunday.