China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, that the President of China, Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on North Korea during their meeting in Japan last month.
Following North Korea’s repeated missile and nuclear tests, China has signed up for UN sanctions. It also proposed sanctions could be eased to reward North Korea for good behavior.
Geng Shuang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters that Xi briefed Trump on China’s position on North Korea when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.
Geng said that “In the meeting with President Trump in Osaka, President Xi briefed him on China’s principled position on the peninsula issue, and pushed the U.S. side to show flexibility and meet the North Koreans halfway, including easing sanctions in due course.”
Trump and Xi held a conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently- Xi before the G20 summit during a trip to Pyongyang. After the summit, Trump met Kim at the Demilitarized Zone along the North’s border with South Korea.
The US is expecting to see a freeze in North Korean nuclear programme as the beginning of a process of denuclearisation, said the State Department on Tuesday, ahead of a new conversation with Pyongyang which is likely to take place this month.