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South Korean president visits China this month to attend a three-way summit with Japan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The South Korean president said on Tuesday that the president will visit China this month for a trilateral summit with Japan amid heightened tension over stalled nuclear disarmament talks between North Korea and the United States.

Moon spokeswoman Ko Min-jung told reporters that he is scheduled to arrive in China on December 23, the day before the tripartite summit scheduled in southwest China’s Chengdu city with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The leaders are scheduled to discuss the current situation on the Korean peninsula and ways to enhance trilateral cooperation in order to achieve nuclear disarmament and establish a lasting peace, Ko said.

Moon is also expected to hold separate talks with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip.

This meeting comes amid a war of words that flared up in recent days between North Korea and the United States, ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to ease its tough stance in the negotiations.

North Korea conducted several weapons tests, including what it said was a “very important” test at a missile launch site on Sunday.

Seoul officials said Moon would seek to consult Xi on recent developments, as South Korea sees China as vital to reviving the nuclear talks, given that it is a long-time North Korean ally.

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