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China, North and South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States had met a number of times over the past 10 years to deal with security and stability on the peninsula.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Friday that Beijing is ready to work with Seoul to build consensus and facilitate six-party talks on nuclear non-proliferation on the peninsula.
Yi added that China supports Seoul’s trust-building measures and hopes for better North-South relations through dialogue.
In early September, the two Koreas reached an agreement to fully reopen the Kaesong industrial complex, which was shut down in April after tensions between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington peaked over the former’s launching of upgraded missiles and the latter holding joint military exercises.
The Kaesong Industrial Complex was established in 2004 as an attempt to bring the two Koreas closer through cross-border cooperation and employing 53,000 North Korean workers.
For his part, Yun said that Seoul is ready to work with all related parties to build trust and push for the resumption of the six-party talks.
At the height of the North Korean crisis last spring, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that China was perhaps the most influential power in the peninsula.
“There is no group of leaders on the face of the planet who have more capacity to make a difference in this than the Chinese, and everybody knows it, including, I believe, them,” Kerry said during a visit to the region in early April.