The North Korean Foreign Minister is in Beijing, stopping on his trip to Azerbaijan, where he will participate on April 4 and 5 at a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing Tuesday with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, a meeting that continues with the rapprochement between the two countries after years of tensions and in which the Chinese foreign minister thanked the Pyongyang’s efforts towards denuclearization.
Wang stressed to Ri that China “appreciates North Korea’s commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula and the significant efforts it has made to relax the situation in the region,” according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The also State Councilor insisted that China supports the next two summits that the president of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, prepares with his counterparts in South Korea (Moon Jae-in) and the United States (Donald Trump) , and stressed that China “will continue to promote peace talks.”
Ri said that North Korea will maintain a “strategic” communication with China on issues related to the peninsula, “following the directions set by the leaders of the two countries” at the meeting held last week in the Chinese capital by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The visit by the head of North Korean diplomacy comes just a week after Kim made a historic secret visit to China, on his first trip abroad since coming to power in December 2011.
That visit reopened ties with the Chinese communist regime, a great economic and ideological ally of its country for decades, which had been paralyzed by China’s disagreement with the North Korean nuclear and ballistic program and the consequent support of Beijing for the sanctions of the United Nations. United against Pyongyang.