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China, South Korea Hold Defense Talks

South Korean army soldiers patrol the barbed-wire fence in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

Defense officials from China and South Korea have held their first meeting since North Korea's nuclear tests a little over a week ago. Representatives from both countries met Friday in Seoul.

South Korea and China hold nearly annual meetings to discuss security of the Korean Peninsula.

Yoon Soon-gu, South Korean Defense Ministry's director general on international policy met with Guan Youfei, Chinese Ministry of National Defense foreign affairs office director to discuss counter measures to North Korea's nuclear tests.

North Korea has received an onslaught of international condemnation for what it said was a "successful" hydrogen bomb test.

On Wednesday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on China to use its influence over North Korea to force it to end is nuclear program.

The United States also wants China to exert more pressure on North Korea to press it to give up its nuclear program.

China is North Korea's most important ally. Trade between the two countries totaled $6.4 billion in 2014.

The U.S. says China could pressure North Korea by cutting energy to the country and restricting trade.