China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon

Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Manila that he hoped those countries could improve relations.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 28 May, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science at an undisclosed location. Picture: AFP.

MANILA – China’s foreign minister on Monday said his country supported initiatives put forward by South Korea to handle tensions on the Korean peninsula and Beijing was ready to see contact made soon between the North and South on the issue.

Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Manila that he hoped those countries could improve relations, and that North Korea’s foreign minister did not entirely reject proposals voiced by his South Korean counterpart.

North Korea’s Ri Yong-ho told his Kang Kyung-wha in a meeting on Sunday that Seoul’s proposal to improve ties with the North “lacks sincerity”, the South’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.