Kim Jong Un Tells Xi Jinping He’s Committed to 2nd US Summit

Kim Jong Un Tells Xi Jinping He’s Committed to 2nd US Summit

Kim Jong Un Tells Xi Jinping He’s Committed to 2nd US Summit

"On Secretary Pompeo's visit to North Korea, we don't have any travel to announce at all", US State Department spokesperson Katina Adams said in response to Radio Free Asia's request for comment Tuesday.

All aboard: Kim's personal train which brought him to Beijing has pink leather chairs inside.

Kim chose China for his maiden official trip overseas past year before holding meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump.

Accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju, younger sister Kim Yo-jong and a slew of foreign affairs and security aides, Kim departed from Pyongyang on Monday for a four-day trip to China on his special armored train, arriving in Beijing Tuesday morning.

Mr Moon also said the North would have to seek a compromise in a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, which he said could be imminent, in order to resolve the impasse.

All sides should "jointly push for a comprehensive resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue" and 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. The North Korean leader said in his New Year's address that he might take a "new path" in negotiations if Trump didn't ease trade, travel and investment restrictions.

The remarks by Moon, who has sought to bridge the divide between the USA and North Korea, came about two hours after Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping issued statements expressing support for another meeting with Trump.

"Kim's basically forecasting uncertainty ahead, implying that things have not progressed with the US on his terms the way he wanted in the order of the Singapore statement of new relations and a peace regime first", said Duyeon Kim, an adjunct senior fellow in Seoul for the Center for a New American Security.

"(China) does not think their interests would be threatened by better inter-Korean relations, whereas the possibility of a North Korean alignment with the USA, even potentially, against China, I think it's Beijing's nightmare", Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told AFP. North Korea's trade with China has been significantly reduced in 2018 compared to the year before.

Kim's Beijing visit was seen as part of an effort to win Chinese support for a reduction of United Nations sanctions imposed over his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The schedule and route this time was similar to Kim's first trip to Beijing by train last March.

The DongA Ilbo newspaper said that Xi hosted Kim at a banquet, which was held on the date believed to be North Korean leader's 35th birthday.

DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US", he said.

Analysts here said the North Korean leader is seeking to strengthen its negotiating position by aligning the country and China ahead of his meeting with Trump.

Pyongyang and Washington have been locked in a stalemate over how to carry out the agreements they reached in their first-ever summit in June, at which Kim promised to work toward complete denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from the US.

Trump, in turn, has sometimes blamed China for impeding denuclearization talks with North Korea.

Following their historic meeting in Singapore last June, negotiations have somewhat stalled, as the White House demands that North Korea dismantle its nuclear program first, before the U.S. would lift any of its punitive measures on the country. CNN reported Tuesday that Bangkok, Hanoi and Hawaii have been visited by White House scouting teams, citing a source familiar with the planning process. "I don't think it will be discussed in North-US nuclear talks".

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