Japan to send envoy to China for North Korea talks

Japan says it will send an envoy for North Korean nuclear talks to China amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The foreign ministry said Tuesday that Akitaka Saiki will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei. The ministry gave no further details.

Tensions spiked on the peninsula after North Korea launched a deadly artillery attack on a South Korean island last week, killing four people. China is North Korea's only major ally.

Wu has called for an emergency meeting of envoys to North Korean nuclear disarmament talks. South Korea and Japan have reacted coolly to the proposal.