North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: 'Denuclearization is achievable'
09 May, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Rachel Logan
They held talks about Chinese-North Korean relations, according to CNN's Will Ripley.
A North Korean VIP airplane flew out of China on Tuesday, sparking speculation that Kim Jong Un may have made a secret visit to the country, Japanese media reported.
"PresidentTrump and President Xi agreed on the importance of continued implementation of sanctions on North Korea until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs", the statement said.
Top-level officials from both North Korea and China attended the summit, including Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong and Wang Huning, a member of China's powerful seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, according to Chinese state media.
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.
China is likely trying to insert its interests into ongoing inter-Korean talks and shape Kim's message to President Donald Trump when the two meet.
He said that what the world must remember is that there are as many as 30,000 Christian believers in concentration labor camps in North Korea, among many others, while another 70,000 Christians have to hide their faith and live in secrecy.
China has been largely sidelined by the developments between the two Koreas and the United States, and will be keen to ensure the North does not get too close to Washington, which it sees as a competitor in the region.
Xi restated China's support for North Korea's "adherence to the denuclearization of the peninsula" as well as "the dialogue and consultation between the DPRK and the United States for resolving the peninsula issue".
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on his way to Pyongyang to prepare for Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expressed hope that three Americans held there would soon be released.
The meeting, XI and Kim occurred on the background training of the North Korean leader for a historic summit with the US leader Donald trump.
In response, North Korea denounced the Trump administration's escalation of demands by warning that Washington must not mistake "our will to achieve peace" on the Korean Peninsula for "weakness".
Posts about unusual traffic jams and security in Dalian popped up on Chinese social media.
Suzanne Scholte, who chairs the North Korea Freedom Coalition, separately told The Christian Post in April that unless the USA focuses on getting North Korea to agree on improving its human rights record, then any negotiations will be fruitless.
Xinhua called the meeting "cordial and friendly" and said the two strolled by the sea at a government guesthouse before having lunch together on Tuesday.
It said in the short-term, China is an "indispensable stability guarantor for a possible unsuccessful US-North Korea summit".
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.
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