Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Kim meets Xi for second time in China

Kim meets Xi for second time in China

Xi and Kim both pointed out that since their initial summit there had been "positive progress" not only in China-North Korea relations, but in the general situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim held his first summit with Xi in March in Beijing, marking the first meeting since Kim took power in late 2011.

According to state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim had seen two clocks on the wall that showed two separate times for the Koreas.

"President Trump 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 readout said.

North Korea would also invite journalists and experts from the US and South Korea to observe when North Korea shuts down its nuclear test site sometime in May, the South Korean official said.

"I hope to build mutual trust with the U.S. through dialogue", Mr Kim was quoted as saying.

Trump said last week the time and place for his much-anticipated meeting with the North Korean leader has been decided, and will shortly be made public.

Speculation had been swirling online earlier Tuesday of a mystery visitor to the northern Chinese province, including reports of a North Korean plane touching down. It said the U.S. was inconsistent in its approach two cases of nuclear proliferation in the world - one in Iran and other in North Korea and China feels its role could play big if the US's unpredictability fails to serve the real cause.

South Korea has repeatedly said that the North is willing to discuss its nuclear programme in talks with the United States, and at their summit on April 27, the two Korean leaders signed a statement agreeing to the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula.

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.

He says they will also discuss North Korea, where he says "relationships and trust are building".

North Korean state media KCTV said Kim flew to Dalian on Monday on his private jet, where he was welcomed by high-profile Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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

The discussions likely centered around the diplomatic push to keep North Korea free of nuclear weapons.

The meeting comes just weeks after Kim travelled into South Korea. A North Korean official on the Korean Central News Agency referred to the situation, stating "This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one".

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. Others said they spotted a set of Red Flag limousines used by state leaders.

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