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China's Yang Jiechi arrives in Seoul for security talks

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SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- A senior Chinese official arrived here Sunday for talks with South Korea's top security officials that are expected to include discussions on resuming the six-nation dialogue aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear ambition.

Yang Jiechi, China's state councilor in charge of foreign affairs, is set to meet with Kim Jang-soo, Seoul's chief presidential national security adviser, on Monday, according to South Korea's Foreign Ministry.

The meeting will mark the first strategic dialogue between the two countries as part of an agreement reached during South Korean President Park Geun-hye's state visit to Beijing in June.

Monday's meeting is widely expected to focus on ways to lure North Korea back to the six-way talks on denuclearizing the communist state, which have been stalled since late 2008 due to Pyongyang's boycott.

China, the host of the six-party talks, has recently been trying to coordinate the resumption of the multilateral talks that also involve South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States. Seoul and Washington have demanded that Pyongyang prove its sincerity toward denuclearization before the talks resume.

Yang is also scheduled to hold talks with South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Monday and pay a courtesy call on the South Korean president, according to foreign ministry officials.

He will return home on Tuesday after a brief visit to a production facility of Samsung Electronics Co. in Suwon, just south of Seoul.

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