China on Wednesday voiced hope that six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearization will resume soon, following a flurry of inter-Korean agreements including Pyongyang's pledge to temporarily suspend missile and nuclear tests while dialogue is under way.
"An early restart of six-party talks is a common wish shared by the international community," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press conference.
The six-party talks, which began in 2003 among the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, have been suspended since 2009 when Pyongyang pulled out, protesting condemnation at the United Nations of its nuclear and missile programs.
China chairs the multilateral dialogue.
On Tuesday, South Korean officials said the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom in late April, with the North voicing readiness to talk with the United States about denuclearization and normalization of bilateral ties.
In the talks held in Pyongyang on Monday between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and special envoys from Seoul, the North also promised to suspend missile and nuclear activities during the period of dialogue with Washington, according to the officials.
"We approve and support a series of exchanges and interactions" between the two Koreas since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, Geng said.
"We hope all relevant parties could see this as a window of opportunity and jointly work for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula," he added.