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China, North Korea to discuss possible talks with United States

June 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

BEIJING, June 17 (UPI) -- China's Foreign Ministry said Monday it would meet with North Korean officials Wednesday ahead of possible talks with the United States.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said discussions between Beijing and Pyongyang would focus on bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday, North Korea announced it had proposed high-level talks with the United States in hopes of relieving political tensions. The White House said it was open to "credible" negotiations.

Hua said China remained committed to a peaceful settlement and expressed hope that six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program could soon be restarted.

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