China, US agree to denuclearise Korean peninsula

  • Efforts should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible"

BEIJING – China and the United States have agreed to put “complete, verifiable and irreversible” efforts in denuclearising Korean Peninsula ahead of Xi-Trump meeting in Hamburg during the G20 Summit next month.

Chinese state media said on Saturday that the agreement is the result of high level talks in Washington this week.

“Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis during this week’s talks.

Yang later met with President Trump in the White House, where they also discussed North Korea, Xinhua reported.

The consensus document also highlighted the need to fully and strictly hold to UN Security Council resolutions and push for dialogue and negotiation, which has long been China’s position on the issue.

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China, North Korea’s main trading partner, has been accused by the West of not fully enforcing existing UN sanctions on its neighbour, and has resisted some tougher measures.

Washington has considered further “secondary sanctions” against Chinese banks and other firms doing business with North Korea, which China opposes.

The Xinhua statement also said military-to-military exchanges should also be upgraded and mechanisms of notification established in order to cut the risks of “judgment errors” between the Chinese and US militaries.

Chinese state media described the talks, the first of their kind with the Trump administration, as an upgrade in dialogue mechanisms between China and the United States, following on from President Xi Jiping’s meeting with Trump in Florida in April.