WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean leader Park Geun-hye that Beijing is determined to see denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but did not rule out the resumption of dialogue with Pyongyang.
The summit between the leaders of China and South Korea, which ran over an hour, was mostly devoted to talks on curbing North Korean provocations, according to South Korea press.
The two sides agreed that pressure on Pyongyang must increase, and Xi said China would take measures to fully implement the United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution adopted in March.
But the summit also covered hot-button issues on which Seoul and Beijing hold different views.
Park has stayed away from reopening dialogue in the wake of North Korea's increased provocations. Angry rhetoric from Pyongyang threatening to assassinate Park and turn Seoul into "powder," as well as continued firing of short-range projectiles has placed South Korean on alert, and has made reconciliation less likely.
But Xi told Park efforts to denuclearize the North must come through dialogue and did not rule out restarting the six-party talks.
"We will make constructive efforts to promote dialogue within the six-party talks framework," Xi said, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Xi and Park also exchanged views on the deployment of U.S. anti-missile defense system THAAD and a South Korean official told press Xi expressed his opposition to the deployment.
Obama has said China and the United States have common interests in the Asia-Pacific region, and other U.S. officials have said THAAD would be deployed after negotiations with China.