Kim Jong-un received a warm welcome during his visit to Beijing, including from Foreign Minister Wang Yi, seen here extending his hand to the leader. Photo: North Korean state TV/YouTube screen grab

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reached an “important common understanding” on denuclearization and establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula with China during his recent visit to Beijing.

Wang made the comment after meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Tuesday in the Chinese capital.

Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing with his wife last week, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and stated his commitment to denuclearization, as well as his willingness to hold talks with Seoul later this month and Washington in May.

Wang said on Tuesday that China lauds the North’s sincere stance on denuclearization and its efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. China also pledged active efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and to establish a framework for peace, according to a report by Seoul TV station SBS.

UPI, in picking up the story, noted that Wang stressed the importance of Pyongyang and Beijing developing their friendly ties and strengthening their bilateral exchanges, including through top-level meetings in Beijing.

Ri, for his part, said that the recent summit between Xi and Kim created crucial momentum to develop bilateral ties. He added that the North will continue to communicate closely with China on matters concerning the Korean Peninsula.

The North’s top diplomat is leaving Beijing and is on his way to Azerbaijan for two-day ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that will be held on Thursday and Friday in the capital of Baku.

Ri is also expected to visit Russia in mid-April.

North Korea watchers say Pyongyang is trying to secure support from key countries before it enters negotiations with South Korea and the US.

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