China senior diplomat Wang says dialogue must persist on Korean peninsula issue

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, November 26, 2020. Kim Min-hee/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - China’s State Councillor Wang Yi on Thursday told South Korean President Moon Jae-in the two countries must persist in trying to resolve the Korean peninsula issue through dialogue, according a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Wang, who is also China’s foreign minister, added during a visit to Seoul that the two sides should adhere to the goal of denuclearising the peninsula - a reference to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions - and said Beijing was willing to deepen cooperation with South Korea on epidemic prevention and control.

Reporting by Tom Daly and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Alison Williams