BEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing is ready to discuss the Pyongyang nuclear issue in any format, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday.
"We are open to any initiative that will help to return the negotiating process regarding peace on the Korean Peninsula," Wang said, adding that earlier the different parties had proposed various formats for the talks, including bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral and other formats.
"China insists that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and talks on signing a peace agreement should go simultaneously," Wang added.
In 2003, North Korea joined the United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea in six-party talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
The six-party talks came to a halt in 2009, when Pyongyang tested its second nuclear weapon, and have been stalled ever since.