SEOUL – Moves are under way to arrange formal preliminary talks between North and South Korea at Panmunjom on the North/South border on January 9 following comments by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in his New Year message.
South Korea’s Ministry for Unification says it has proposed to Pyongyang that North Korea send a delegation for discussions with South Korean officials in February, during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
In Beijing on Tuesday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said China supports the idea of North and South Korea using the 2018 Winter Olympics to improve ties.
"We have noticed the positive information from the leaders of the two countries . . . It is a good thing," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news conference in Beijing.
"China welcomes and supports both countries to use the 2018 Winter Olympics as an opportunity to make effective efforts to improve their relations, relax the situation on the Korean Peninsula and promote denuclearisation of the peninsula."