[Breaking] Kim reaffirms commitment to denuclearization in summit with Xi

[Breaking] Kim reaffirms commitment to denuclearization in summit with Xi

[Breaking] Kim reaffirms commitment to denuclearization in summit with Xi

In this January 9, 2019, photo provided on January 10, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second left, talks with Chinese Communist Party's International Department head Song Tao, second right, in a train on the way home from China.

A second Kim-Trump meeting is expected soon, and the North Korean and Chinese leaders had far deeper security discussions this time in Beijing than in any of their talks previous year, pointed out Lim Eul-chul, professor of North Korean studies at Kyungnam University.

Kim's fourth visit to China comes ahead of a much-anticipated summit with United States president Trump later this year.

Mr Kim told Mr Xi about the difficulties and concerns in improving North Korea-US relations and denuclearisation negotiations, KCNA said.

Discussions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal have stalled since Kim and Trump's high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation.

North Korea will 'continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation, ' Xinhua quoted Kim as saying.

Kim has previously said his country has completed the development of its nuclear arsenal and Pyongyang has rejected demands for what it calls its "unilateral" disarmament as "gangster-like". This time, Kim was accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of nuclear talks with the United States. -North Korea summits and hopes the two sides 'will meet each other halfway'.

"We welcome North Korea's intention to resume their operation without conditions or compensation", Moon said.

Kim was in China for a four-day trip, marking his fourth visit to the neighboring ally in about 10 months.

It said the Chinese leader had issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position.

In a later press conference at the presidential Blue House, Mr Moon clarified that Kim's Beijing visit had been a "sign" that a follow-up to his first summit with Mr Trump in Singapore in June was on the way.

As Kim's armored train pulled into Beijing Railway Station on Tuesday, a few blocks away a USA trade delegation was hammering out differences with their Chinese counterparts in an effort to end the trade war between the two countries. The sanctions have severely impacted his country's already ailing economy.

Officially, at least, China says it considers the tariff battle and North Korea's weapons programs to be entirely separate.

"[North Korea would] make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and United States leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the worldwide community".

SEOUL-South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday Japan's political leaders should not undermine bilateral ties by "politicizing" the issue of South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War II. Ltd., where he watched production processes. That night he attended a lavish banquet in the Great Hall of the People and watched a "grand variety show" alongside Xi Jinping.

The North Korean leader's motorcade was spotted entering the Beijing central railway station on Wednesday afternoon, and the train departed shortly after on a day-long ride back to the northeast border, according to AFP journalists.

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