The South Korean Foreign Ministry explained in a statement that Liu is in Seoul this week for his first visit since taking office, and met today with his South Korean counterpart, Noh Kyu-duk.
The two officials discussed the “grave situation” on the peninsula and measures for “stable management,” the Foreign Ministry said.
According to the source, Liu expressed “the willingness of the Chinese side to play a constructive role for the peaceful resolution of the Korean peninsula issue.”
Tension in the area flared up again at the beginning of last month, following statements by South Korean Defense Minister So Uk, in which he said that his nation was prepared to attack the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a preemptive and precise manner.
Pyongyang’s response was not long in coming, and in addition to testing new missiles, leader Kim Jong Un reiterated that the DPRK would use its nuclear weapons if it feels threatened.