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Trump says will discuss trade, North Korea with China's Xi

24 2018 Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs shakes hands with Susan Thornton acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Trump says will discuss trade, North Korea with China's Xi
| 09 May, 2018, 00:59

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader seem to have met in the Chinese city of Dalian.

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

"I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China", he tweeted.

However, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying China "supports North Korea to stick to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the U.S.in solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation".

Within a period of more than one month, he and Kim met twice and they have been keeping in close contact, Xi said.

Trump and Xi agreed on the importance of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs, the White House said.

"I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Mr. Moon said in an interview Tuesday with the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri.

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to U.S. sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process.

Kim recently said he would abandon his country's nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to end the Korean War and promises not to invade, a South Korean official said after the historic North-South summit last month.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to North Korea, weeks ahead of the highly anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

North Korean state media said Kim was "very pleased" that the relationship with China was reaching a high point, and North Korea would cooperate with China more actively as the situation on the Korean peninsula changed.

Chinese internet users posting on social media described heavy security in the city and extensive flight delays on Monday.

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.

The unannounced meeting is Mr Kim's second to China since March, and suggesting China does not want to be left outside while North Korea holds historic summits with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In.

According to the Xinhua report, Kim said he made a decision to meet Xi again to "inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability".

Though rumors are likely widespread, North Korea's media still have not explicitly confirmed the expected summit with Trump.

Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as Central Intelligence Agency chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which the U.S. is still technically at war.

It is not clear when the meeting was planned or put together or why Dalian was chosen. Others claimed to have spotted Red Flag limousines used by the statesmen, AP said.

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