Presidents Moon and Xi reaffirm joint efforts to establish peace on Peninsula

Our top story this monring… The leaders of South Korea and China have
positively assessed the recent uptick in inter-Korean relations. Speaking over the phone on Thursday,… Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the
progress and backed efforts by the two Koreas to improve their ties. Our Blue House correspondent Hwang Hojun has
the details. President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart
Xi Jinping have highly evaluated the thawing relations between the two Koreas as well as
between Seoul and Beijing. According to a written statement released
by the top office following their telephone talks on Thursday, President Moon explained
in detail to President Xi… the results of the recent high-level inter-Korean talks,
and expressed his gratitude for Beijing’s support. President Xi welcomed the improvement in Seoul-Pyongyang
relations… and said he actively supports President Moon and the efforts of his administration. President Xi also stressed any improvement
in the relationship between Seoul and Pyongyang must coincide with the process of denuclearization. The two leaders also agreed to continue their
joint efforts in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully and pledged to reinforce
strategic communication and cooperation so that the recent push for dialogue will go
beyond North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics, and ultimately result in
the establishment of peace on the Peninsula. Regarding Seoul’s relationship with Beijing,
the two leaders said both Korean and Chinese people have been able to feel the boosted
bilateral exchanges and collaboration between the two countries, since President Moon’s
state visit to China, calling it a huge success. President Moon invited President Xi to the
closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Games as Beijing is set to host the next Winter
Olympic Games in 2022. While the Chinese President didn’t give any
definitive answer, he pledged to closely work together with Korea to ensure a successful
transition. Thursday’s phone call was the second phone
conversation between the two leaders since President Moon took office in May, and the
first since the South Korean leader made a state visit to China last month. Hwang Hojun Arirang News.

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