May 25, 2018 / 2:34 PM / in 8 months

U.S.-North Korea summit needed, Chinese VP Wang says

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan attends the opening ceremony of a forum on China-Africa local government cooperation, in Beijing, China May 8, 2018. Picture taken May 8, 2018. China Daily via REUTERS

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan said on Friday that a summit between the United States and North Korea was necessary to ensure security on the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Wang said security on the Korean peninsula touched on China’s core interests and that conflict should be avoided at all costs.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called off a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.”

Reporting by Christian Lowe, Denis Pinchuk and Katya Golubkova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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