Beijing has suggested global sanctions against Pyongyang could be eased, just hours after a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended in a joint statement on "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as advisers from both countries looks on. Geng said Tuesday that China has been following the United Nations sanctions resolutions "comprehensively, accurately and strictly".
That's a solid turnaround for him since a CNN poll last November showed 35% approval of Trump's handling of North Korea.
Tuesday morning saw the South Korean President tell a cabinet meeting he "could hardly sleep last night" because of the Trump-Kim summit.
"China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves".
"As an important party involved in the matters of the Korean Peninsula, and as a signatory of the ceasefire, China has a responsibility and obligation to play its deserved role in the progress of shifting to a non-nuclear peninsula".
Meanwhile, there is no sign that the American alliance with South Korea and Japan is diminishing, even though Trump has said he would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from the South.
FILE PHOTO - Otto Frederick Warmbier is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo March 16, 2016.
But Panetta, who previously worked for President Barack Obama, said there are a "huge number of issues" that will actually involve the denuclearization of North Korea, which owns an estimated 20 to 60 nuclear weapons with about 141 sites that can produce them.
It futher sees the U.S. and North Korea agree to "establish new relations", and 'join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula'.
"Of course, we are willing to see all relevant sides making positive efforts on this". "China - and also regional players including Japan and Russian Federation - could play a part in the efforts that follow".
"In addition, the charter of a Chinese airplane may have an effect of publicizing China's active support and cooperation to the North Korean people ahead of summit talks with the U.S".
In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process. "I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump told reporters at a Tuesday news conference in Singapore. "And this role will continue".
Terminating the 1950-1953 Korean War that ended in an armistice had been discussed another part of means to guarantee North Korea regime security, but this was not included in the agreement.
China shares a border with North Korea and is the country's largest trading partner.