China, ROK military brass meet to discuss DPRK nuclear bomb

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Rear Admiral Guan Youfei (C), director of Foreign Affairs Office of China’s National Defence Ministry, speaks during annual working-level talks with South Korea at the Defence Ministry in Seoul on January 15, 2016. South Korean and Chinese defence officials met in Seoul on January 15 with North Korea’s latest nuclear test high on the agenda, as pressure grows on Beijing to take a tougher line with ally Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Officials from the defense ministries of China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have begun talks in Seoul to discuss a joint response to the current Korean Peninsula situation. It is the first working-level dialogue between the two sides since 1995 when the mechanism first began.

The annual director-level consultation is also the first direct meeting between the two countries’ militaries since the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) claimed that they conducted a hydrogen bomb test on January 6.

The meeting took place between ROK Director-General for international policy, Yoon Soon-ku and China’s foreign affairs office Director, Rear Admiral Guan Youfei. It comes a day after ROK’s top nuclear envoy, Hwang Joon-kook, talked with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei in Beijing. The two sides discussed denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Story by CCTV News