Chinese Pres. calls for calm over N. Korea issue

TOKYO, June 1 (KUNA) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged relevant countries to stay calm over the North Korean issue, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
Xi made remarks during his talks in Beijing with Ri Su-yong, head of the delegation of North Korea’s Workers’ Party of Korea.
Ri is a member of the Political Bureau of the party’s Central Committee, vice chairman of its Central Committee and director of the party’s International Department. “China’s stance on the issue of the Korean Peninsula is consistent and clear,” Xi said, calling on relevant sides to stay calm, exercise restraint, and enhance communication and dialogue to safeguard regional peace and stability.
Ri delivered an oral message from top North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Xi, according to the report In his message, Kim expressed that North Korea hopes to work with China to strengthen and develop the bilateral traditional friendship, and maintain peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
Xi welcomed the delegation, saying the visit was evidence of the tradition of strategic communication between the two parties on major issues. On Tuesday, North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile, but the launch ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (end) mk.mt