China ‘in Secret Talks with N.Korea’

Beijing and Pyongyang are in secret talks about the North’s nuclear weapons program, reports said last week.

NBC on Thursday quoted a U.S. government source as saying that China sent its “top nuclear negotiators” to Pyongyang to “communicate the gravity of the situation to the North.”

Taiwan’s Central News Agency on Sunday quoted Hong Kong military analyst Liang Guoliang as saying China is trying to resolve the North Korean nuclear impasse through diplomatic channels with the North. He said North Korea demanded a three-year deadline to scrap its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic assistance and security guarantees from China.

But the reports were not officially confirmed, and a diplomatic source in Beijing said, “We’re trying to verify the reports, but they don’t seem to fit with the current atmosphere between China and North Korea.”

Meanwhile, Xinhua reported that State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China’s top diplomat, spoke on the telephone with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson on Sunday to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Full article: China ‘in Secret Talks with N.Korea’ (The Chosunilbo)

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