July 8, 2020 / 8:14 AM / a month ago

China says U.S. holds key to breaking stalemate on Korean Peninsula

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at a news conference in Beijing, China April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday the United States holds the key to breaking the stalemate on the Korean Peninsula, amid renewed tensions as Pyongyang refuses to return to denuclearisation talks with Washington.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks during a press briefing in Beijing.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun earlier on Wednesday rejected reports that he was seeking to meet North Korean officials during a visit to South Korea this week but reiterated that Washington is open to resuming talks.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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