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China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

Published on Jul 3, 2014 8:01 PM
 
South Korean President Park Geun Hye (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a press conference at the presidential house in Seoul on July 3, 2014. China and South Korea issued a joint call for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at a summit in Seoul Thursday that was seen as a pointed snub of nuclear-armed North Korea by Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SEOUL (AFP) - China and South Korea issued a joint call for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at a summit in Seoul Thursday that was seen as a pointed snub of nuclear-armed North Korea by Beijing.

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their "firm opposition" to the development of nuclear weapons, but seemed divided on how to best persuade the North to give up its bombs.

While Ms Park told reporters that the two sides had agreed to use "all means" possible to bring denuclearisation about, Mr Xi stressed that "dialogue and negotiation" were the best way forward.

The joint statement marked no departure from established Chinese and South Korean policy towards North Korea, but the fact that it was released at a summit in Seoul carried significant symbolic weight.

 
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