Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing

Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing

Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing

China accounts for around 90 percent of North Korea's trade and has traditionally been its primary diplomatic conduit to the outside world.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Xi assessed the historic meeting Mr. Kim had with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week and exchanged opinions on ways to resolve the issue of denuclearisation, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Chinese media reported that in the Tuesday talks, Xi told Kim that he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can fully implement the summit outcomes and that China would "as always play a constructive role" in that process. It is separate from USA sanctions related to North Korean human rights abuses and a long list of global penalties imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile testing. "And they blew up sites where they test and do the testing", he said, appearing to take credit for the actions North Korea has taken since it offered to discuss the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.

Kim praised China as a "clean, lovely and advanced" nation and said he had learned much from the prosperous country before heading back to North Korea. Moon described Kim as "forthright", "careful" and "polite".

China backs the North's call for a "phased and synchronous" approach to denuclearisation, as opposed to Washington's demand for an instant, total and irreversible end to the North's nuclear programmes.

Yoo Hyun-jung, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy, said that Kim's third visit to Beijing in about three months must be meant to enlist support from China, especially in easing sanctions imposed on Pyongyang now that tensions are easing.

State television showed Mr Kim visiting an agricultural technology park and rail traffic control centre in Beijing, accompanied by Beijing's top official Cai Qi. Gawking pedestrians watched the passing motorcade, which included Kim's limousine - a black Mercedes with gold emblems on the rear doors - as well as several minibuses and 15 motorcycle police clad in white suits.

Aside from setting up a new round of reunions, South Korean officials also proposed a survey to confirm surviving members of war-separated families in North Korea and the possibility of hometown visits, but couldn't reach an agreement with North Korean officials, Park told reporters after the meeting.

"North Korea promised complete denuclearization and the USA promised security guarantees for North Korea".

Reclusive North Korea has been pursuing nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

South Korea's delegation leader Park Kyung-seo, head of the Korean Red Cross, and North Korea's delegation leader Pak Yong-il, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, shake hands during their meeting at a hotel on Mount Kumgang, North Korea, June 22, 2018. "If Kim does not want to abandon his nuclear arms completely, then China will be happy to act as a broker between Pyongyang and the USA".

Daily NK also reported the state instructed citizens to focus on even "higher productivity" during Kim's trip to Singapore.

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