North Korea committed to denuclearization, Kim says

09 May, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • 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

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, in a surprise visit that again came unannounced.

Some analysts have said China also wants to keep its influence on North Korea amid diplomatic efforts by Seoul and Washington to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The two discussed bilateral issues, with Xi telling Kim of his support of talks between North Korea and the United States, Xinhua said.

Xinhua quoted Kim as saying North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program if "relevant parties" drop hostile policies against Pyongyang.

Trump, who announced that the plans for the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been finalized, said to "stay tuned" for any developments on the release of the USA citizens.

Trump, calling Xi "my friend", pledged in the post that "good things will happen" on trade.

Speculation was ripe on Monday and Tuesday that Kim may have visited the Chinese city amid tightened security in Dalian, with Japanese media reporting that an airplane normally used by North Korean VIPs had arrived in Dalian. It said a North Korean plane was seen parked at the city's airport.

Xi held a welcome banquet for the North Korean leader and took a casual stroll with him along a beach, Chinese state media Xinhua reported. "And with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone".




Reports said the two leaders were expected to meet in Singapore.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha tried to dismiss the concerns, saying it was "diplomatically unthinkable" to delay the summit given both leaders' "strong" will to hold it.

China has also been eager to assert its importance in the process of lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 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 U.S. was "misleading" since China had a fundamentally indispensable role in achieving peace in the peninsula.

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

President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim at a now undisclosed location to discuss recently implemented U.S sanctions, and the discourse between the two world leaders have been troubling.

Speaking about his summit with Trump, Kim expressed hope that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea) and the USA would build mutual trust through dialogue.

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 USA is still technically at war.

But Mr. Moon, who as South Korea's leader has pushed for engagement with Pyongyang, urged Japan to consider normalizing ties with North Korea.

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