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S. Korean FM says China stands firm against N. Korea''s nuclear.

| TOKYO, July 11 (KUNA) -- Chinese leaders have expressed their firm will in opposition to North Korea's nuclear programs "with hard-to-doubt expressions," South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Thursday, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported. South Korean President Park Geun-hye held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang late last month, with North Korea on top of the agenda. "(China) used resolute and clear expressions about the North's denuclearization," Yun was quoted as saying at a debate in Seoul. "In the joint communique, we agreed to strive to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons, but that equals denuclearization of North Korea as it is the only nuclear-armed country in the region," the minister said. "The idea by some scholars that North Korea is becoming a strategic burden to China rather than a buffer state (between China and South Korea) is now shared by the Chinese leadership," Yun said.

China, as the chair of the six-party talks and the North's long-lasting ally, is seeking to find solutions via dialogue, Yun said. The six-party talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear ambitions, involving the two Koreas, the US, China, Russia and Japan, have been dormant since late 2008. A series of high-level meetings with China and the US on the North Korean issues paved the way for building "a tripartite cooperative mechanism," leading to a strengthening coordination of five parties, including Japan and Russia, Yun said. (end) mk.asa KUNA 111302 Jul 13NNNN

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