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China and North Korea to hold talks on Wednesday

Published on Jun 17, 2013 5:49 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China will hold talks with North Korea this week, Beijing said on Monday, amid ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula over the North's nuclear programme.

Chinese vice-foreign minister Zhang Yesui will meet North Korean first vice-foreign minister Kim Gye Kwan in Beijing on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

"The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations, the situation on the Korean peninsula and international issues of common interest," she said, with the talks part of "strategic dialogue" between the two countries' foreign ministries.

China has come under pressure to encourage North Korea to halt its nuclear programme after the reclusive nation in February carried out its third underground nuclear test, which brought worldwide condemnation.

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