North Korean leader Kim visits China, meets President Xi

North Korean leader Kim visits China, meets President Xi

North Korean leader Kim visits China, meets President Xi

As with the previous Xi-Kim meeting, there was no advance notice given, and the visit was only confirmed after Kim had left.

According to Xinua news agency, the two leaders met when Kim Jong Un visited the Chinese port city.

China has been making all sorts of engagements with North Korea and its neighbours to ensure that it doesn't lose out to the US-backed peace initiative in the Korean Peninsula in which Washington's ally South Korean has also played a big role.

Kim held his first summit with Xi in March in Beijing, marking the first meeting since Kim took power in late 2011.

Xi restated China's support for North Korea's "adherence to the denuclearization of the peninsula" as well as "the dialogue and consultation between the DPRK and the United States for resolving the peninsula issue".

Kim Jong-un has ventured out of North Korea once again to meet another world leader.

"President Trump and President Xi agreed on the importance of continued implementation of sanctions on North Korea until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs", the statement said.

Mr Kim is quoted as saying: "These are the positive outcomes of the historic meeting between me and Comrade General Secretary (Xi)". It said the West's viewpoint that China was afraid of getting sidelined in the diplomatic parleys that are being conducted between North Korea, South Korea and the USA was "misleading" since China had a fundamentally indispensable role in achieving peace in the peninsula.

"In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of common concern", Xinhua said, using the initials for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In addition, 65 percent of South Koreans trust Kim Jong-un on his pledge to denuclearize, and Moon Jae-in's approval ratings have shot up to 86 percent.

"We have our meeting schedule".

China is North Korea's only major ally but trade has plummeted in recent months because Beijing is enforcing United Nations economic sanctions, following ballistics missile tests in North Korea.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi and Kim walking at the seaside in China's northeastern city of Dalian on May 8.

Since the first summit in March, Kim said both bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula "have undergone meaningful progress", the report said.

Internet users in China said security was beefed up in Dalian and flight delays happened. "In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.

The meeting between Kim and Trump would be a first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, offering a potential breakthrough in relations between the two adversaries.

One of the planes seen in Dalian resembled the one used by Kim's sister and close aide, Kim Yo Jong, to travel to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in February.

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