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Pompeo Already on His Way to North Korea

Pompeo Already on His Way to North 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 preside over the official launch of sea trials for China's first entirely self-built aircraft carrier.

Kim made a secret visit to China in an armoured train in March end in his first-ever foreign trip since taking over as North Korea's leader in December 2011.

They also disagreed about whether or not North Korea should be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, a point that Kim seems to have since come around on.

Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump will talk about possible denuclearisation by North Korea.

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.

China has consistently been one of North Korea's few allies. In retaliation, the North had sent over balloons carrying anti-South leaflets, along with starting their own broadcasts.

Both China and the DPRK are socialist countries and their bilateral relations are of major strategic significance, he said, adding that high-level exchanges between the two parties play an irreplaceably significant role in guiding bilateral relations.

State media said the two leaders met Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, a northern Chinese port city. -China trade meeting and amid efforts to address Pyongyang's weapons programs.

Trump was asked to expand on the matter after he finished his speech and had signed a memorandum to pull the US from the Iran agreement.

Although there were no guarantees that the American prisoners would be freed during Pompeo's visit, USA officials said their release would be significant goodwill gesture ahead of the Trump-Kim summit that is expected later this month or in early June. 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.

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".

Kim said he had come to China to inform Xi of the situation, as events on the Korean Peninsula are unfolding rapidly.

Xi held a welcome banquet for the North Korean leader and took a casual stroll with him along a beach, Xinhua said.

Xi said the momentum of dialogue and alleviation of tension on the peninsula is being consolidated in the direction that is conducive to a political solution, it said.

Though the US and President Trump have had an undeniable influence on North Korea's sudden openness to worldwide diplomacy, the rhetoric over summit negotiations have been fluid at best.

"The primary topics will be trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building", Trump tweeted.

The three Korean-Americans - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - are all accused by the North of anti-state activities.

NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, broadcast footage of the North Korean leader's jet and another Air Koryo plane at the global airport near Dalian at about midday on Tuesday.

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.


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