China claims credit for N Korea talks

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in quickly took Kim up on the offer; not only did North Korea send athletes to the games, but the two sides agreed to march together in the Opening Ceremony under a unified Korean flag.

The easing in the Korean Peninsula conflict shows that China's "suspension-for-suspension" plan has worked, Yi said.

South Korea has said the North has indicated it is prepared to give up its nuclear weapons programme - a defining feature of its politics for decades - if the U.S. agrees to guarantee its security.

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has a "bounden duty to maintain peace and stability in our region and beyond", Wang told reporters at a news conference held on the fringes of the ceremonial legislature's annual meeting.

As a step to alleviate security concerns, Wang has proposed a "double suspension" approach, where North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the United Sates and the South suspending their joint military drills.

"All relevant parties should make a political decision and resume dialogue (with North Korea) to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula with the utmost energy", Wang said at a press conference. It's an "important step" in the "right direction" for solving the Korean issue, Wang said, and China gives its affirmation and support to the efforts of both Pyongyang and Seoul in that regard.

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Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the summit would be "an important step in the right direction" and called on the United States and North Korea to "engage in dialogue sooner rather than later".

China has been the largest trading partner of ASEAN for nine consecutive years.

The dispute escalated particularly after the Japanese government led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda effectively put them under state control in September 2012.

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However the prime minister of Japan, which saw two North Korean missiles fly over its territory previous year, voiced distrust of North Korea's motives. It will be just the third time in history that the countries' leaders have met.