China, North Korea Hold Second Summit

China, North Korea Hold Second Summit

China, North Korea Hold Second Summit

South Korea's presidential office said the Chinese government notified Seoul about the Xi-Kim meeting in advance.

The United States has ratcheted up the level of denuclearization it is demanding to a "permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" (PVID) of North Korean nuclear weapons.

For his part, Kim could be trying to improve ties with Xi - which have been frosty, to put it mildly - in case his outreach to Trump falls flat, analysts say.

Kim said "Comrade General Secretary and I have carried on this fine tradition to hold the historic meeting with fruitful outcomes, and promoted the unprecedentedly vigorous development of the DPRK-China relations", he said.

The timing of the Xi-Kim meeting allowed them to emphasize their shared interests ahead of the trilateral summit, and before a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, expected in the next month or so. He meets at the White House on May 22 with Moon.

Japan's Kyodo News service said the plane departed on Tuesday.

China sees the US's missile defenses and forces in South Korea as a serious threat and a mechanism to contain Beijing.

It was Kim's second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the two countries to mend ties that had soured after Beijing supported United Nations sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear-weapons tests.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he was hopeful that his eagerly-awaited meeting with US President Donald Trump will lead to mutual trust through dialogue and the two sides will take phased and synchronous measures to achieve denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"Over the weekend, I've had the opportunity to speak with a number of North Korean Christians and ask them the question, 'What do you think?' Their response is that they are very surprised that believers in the rest of the world have set aside the things we've been praying for related to North Korea and are receiving the current circumstances as kind of an answer to prayer", he added.

After news of the meeting between the two leaders was released, Trump announced that he would be speaking to "my friend" Xi on Tuesday.

His trip was kept secret until he returned to North Korea.

After the summit, South Korea also agreed to remove dozens propaganda-broadcasting loudspeakers from the border with North Korea this week.

The North Korean official flew in a private plane and arrived at Dalian airport on Monday amid heavy security, Yonhap said.

In the past North Korea has used the term "hostile policies" in reference to the US troop presence in South Korea, the USA nuclear umbrella covering South Korea and Japan and regular joint military exercises in South Korea.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper cited two unidentified sources as saying that Xi had flown to Dalian on the coast east of Beijing to meet with the official as well as to preside over the official launch of sea trials for China's first entirely self-built aircraft carrier. "This meeting is one that carries the will of President Trump and State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un", she said, using Kim's formal title.

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