Seoul's Top Nuclear Envoy Visits Beijing to Discuss N. Korea
South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, where he'll be seeking China's cooperation in enforcing tougher measures on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear provocation.
This is Lim's second trip to Beijing this month, but marks the first time he's met with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei since President Park Geun-hye took office.
"While both South Korea and China have welcomed new leaders, I am here to exchange our views on the aftermath of North Korea's third nuclear test and to closely cooperate on setting up punitive measures, including UN Security Council sanctions."
China, North Korea's closest ally and permanent member of the 15-nation UN Security Council, is reportedly stalling moves to impose tougher sanctions on Pyongyang.
Most of the international community - led by the U.S., Japan and South Korea - want strong punitive measures that include economic and military sanctions.
But diplomatic sources say Beijing is hesitant to completely turn its back on North Korea.
During their two-day stay in Beijing, Lim and his delegation are expected to explain President Park's North Korea policy and seek China's cooperation in dealing with Pyongyang and its nuclear program.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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