Assistant Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs Kong Xuanyou will travel to South Korea to discuss the situation on the peninsula later in the week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday.

“Deputy Foreign Minister of China, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs Kong Xuanyou will visit Seoul on January 5-6 in order to exchange views with the South Korean side on the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Geng said at a briefing.

He noted that Kong would hold talks with Lee Do-hoon, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs.

The tensions around North Korea’s nuclear weapons program have been high recently due to the repeated nuclear and weapons tests carried out by Pyongyang in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. As a response measure, the UNSC has introduced multiple sanctions against Pyongyang aimed at hampering the development of the North Korean nuclear weapons.