Kim meets Xi for second time in China

Kim meets Xi for second time in China

Kim meets Xi for second time in China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the Chinese city of Dalian this week and met President Xi Jinping, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday (May 8).

Mr Kim is expected to hold an unprecedented summit with Mr Trump late this month or early next month.

Speculation had been rife that Kim had travelled to Dalian, not far from the border between China and North Korea, after citizens reported tightened security and traffic controls.

As the inter-Korean relationship has warmed and Trump has shown a willingness to meet with Kim - he would be the first American president to meet a North Korean leader - Xi appears to be making sure that he is not left out of the diplomatic process.

But in a warning to the United States, Kim said he was willing to denuclearize "as long as relevant parties eliminate the hostile policy and security threats" against Pyongyang.

The meeting between the Chinese and North Korean leaders comes as Mr Kim prepares to hold a historic summit with the USA president. Trump holds a steady stance that the USA deserves recognition given the timing of the sanctions.

At the summit meeting last month they confirmed their goal of achieving a "nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete de-nuclearisation".

But according to reporters who were also en route with Pompeo, he said he didn't know who he'd be meeting with once he arrived. In retaliation, the North had sent over balloons carrying anti-South leaflets, along with starting their own broadcasts.

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The meeting Monday and Tuesday in Dalian is the second between Xi and Kim in recent weeks, following Kim's March visit to Beijing - his first since taking power six years ago.

While revealing his decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday afternoon, Trump noted that Pompeo was due to land shortly. "Kim Jong Un is looking for advice, support and encouragement", he told CNN.

It said as a mid-term benefit, China will serve as an "indispensable facilitator for a political and peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue".

At a crucial time when the regional situation is developing rapidly, Kim said he came to China again to meet Xi and inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability.

The young leader stirred up tensions on the Korean Peninsula with his nuclear weapons testing and purging of several key officials close to Beijing, including his uncle, Jang Song Thaek.

North Korea's state media reported that Kim traveled to Dalian via a special plane and he was accompanied by his powerful sister Kim Yo-jong and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman on worldwide affairs.

They held talks about Chinese-North Korean relations, according to CNN's Will Ripley. He meets at the White House on May 22 with Moon.

US officials say Pompeo will also press North Korea for the release of three detained American citizens, whose imminent release Trump has been hinting at.

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