China says urgent to restart Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - It is extremely urgent and important to encourage dialogue on the situation on the Korean peninsula, China said on Tuesday, after calling over the weekend for emergency talks.

“Returning to consultation and talks is in the interests of all sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing.

“Ensuring the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula is the shared responsibility of all sides,” he said. “We call on all sides to do more to stabilize the situation.”

Hong added that China had noted reports about North Korea’s uranium enrichment program, and also urged dialogue on that issue.

Nuclear-armed Pyongyang last week fired an artillery barrage at a South Korean island, killing four people including two civilians.

Reporting by Chris Buckley; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ken Wills