North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Visits China Again, Meets Xi Jinping

Shortly after the May 8 meeting was announced by Chinese state media, Trump said on Twitter that he would speak to his "friend" Xi about North Korea.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was heading to North Korea on Tuesday in preparation for a much-anticipated summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

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

China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, met with Kim in Pyongyang last week, the first trip there by a Chinese foreign minister since 2007.

Kim said after the meeting he hoped dialogue with the USA would help build trust.

The event occurred after it was publicised that US President Donald Trump would meet Kim over a historic summit around May end of early June. "In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.

Pompeo's trip comes amid rumors of the release of three USA citizens detained in North Korea.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency even went to the extent of saying that the plane carried North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to China although it did not produce any evidence, AP said.

Donald Trump has announced that Washington's chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, is on his way to North Korea to prepare for a landmark nuclear summit between the USA president and his North Korea counterpart, Kim Jong-un.

The visit, part of a flurry of diplomatic engagement that has dramatically eased tension on the Korean peninsula, follows Kim's recent historic summit with South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, and precedes a planned meet with US President Donald Trump.

China is North Korea's only major ally, although trade between them has plummeted in recent months as Beijing enforces United Nations economic sanctions in response to the North's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea immediately commit to denuclearization.

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.

At a crucial time when the regional situation is developing rapidly, Kim said he came to China again to meet Xi and inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability.

Intense secrecy typically surrounds high-level North Korean visits to China, and this week's trip was no different.

While China and North Korea have always been allies, their diplomatic relationship grew rocky following Kim's rise to power in 2011.

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 global affairs.

Internet users in China said security was beefed up in Dalian and flight delays happened. Others said they spotted a set of Red Flag limousines used by state leaders.


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