December 23, 2019 / 9:37 AM / a month ago

China's Xi calls for sustained momentum in North Korea-U.S. talks

FILE PHOTO: China's President Xi Jinping speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin via a video link, from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 2, 2019. Noel Celis/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday expressed concerns over rising tension between North Korea and the United States, calling for them to maintain the momentum for dialogue, South Korea’s presidential office said.

“There are many people concerned about the tense situation on the Korean peninsula,” Xi told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a summit in Beijing, according to Moon’s spokeswoman Ko Min-jung.

“China and South Korea should gather strength to help North Korea and the United States sustain the momentum for dialogue.”

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Toby Chopra

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