BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng met U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Friday, China’s foreign ministry stated, Biegun’s second top-level conference in Beijing in two days amidst growing stress on the Korean peninsula.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. unique agent for North Korea Stephen Biegun shows up for a meeting with South Korea’s ‘special agent for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs’ Lee Do-hoon (not visualized) at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea December 16,2019 Ed Jones/Pool by means of REUTERS/File Picture
North Korea has performed a series of weapons tests in recent weeks and some professionals state the reclusive state might be getting ready for an intercontinental ballistic rocket test soon.
Such a test would mark a break from the detente reached with the United States last year, rush any hopes of resuming talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and put the two countries back on a course of fight.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, who revealed the meeting of Le and Biegun during an everyday instruction, did not elaborate on what was gone over. He reiterated that China advises the United States and North Korea to resume dialogue and satisfy each other midway.
The ministry said in a declaration Le and Biegun exchanged views on North Korea however it did not elaborate on specifics.
Biegun’s check out comes days after China and Russia jointly proposed to the U.N. Security Council relieving some of the financial sanctions in location against North Korea to “break the deadlock” in its stalled talks with the United States.
China has consistently touted the strategy as the finest alternative offered, arguing that some concessions must be made to North Korea in order to achieve a political resolution.
The United States has stated it does not support any easing of sanctions, nevertheless, and can veto any proposal put to an elect the 15- member council.
Biegun arrived in the Chinese capital and met Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui on Thursday. China’s foreign ministry said late on Thursday that the 2 exchanged views on achieving denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in phases.
Biegun left Beijing for Washington in the future Friday, South Korea’s Yonhap news firm reported.
It is uncertain if Biegun had any behind-the-scenes contact with North Korean officials in Beijing, but his overtures and requires brand-new talks were not openly answered by North Korea.
He did not speak with reporters in Beijing.
In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he stayed enthusiastic that the United States might reboot diplomacy with North Korea.
” We are prepared for whatever,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said during the very same rundown, but decreased to go over specific intelligence.
Reporting by Huizhong Wu; Extra reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Idrees Ali in Washington; Composing by Se Young Lee; Modifying by Jacqueline Wong, Robert Birsel and Diane Craft