/N’Korean Leader Visits Chinese Counterpart

N’Korean Leader Visits Chinese Counterpart

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in northern China, Chinese state media reported today.

Kim arrived in China Monday, stayed one night and returned to the North’s capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s presidential office said.

Xi held talks with Kim on Monday after his arrival and then hosted a welcome dinner, Xinhua reported. They continued their summit on Tuesday with a seaside walk and a luncheon, according to the state news agency.

The two leaders “had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views” on bilateral relations “and major issues of common concern,” Xinhua reported.

Kim told Xi that “as long as relevant parties (namely the United States) eliminate the hostile policy and security threats against North Korea, North Korea does not need to have nuclear weapons, and denuclearization is achievable,” Chinese state media reported.

Kim’s visit marked his third known trip abroad since taking power in North Korea in 2011. He visited Beijing in March and South Korea last month.

Keeping in line with previous Chinese summits with North Korean leaders, including with both Kim’s father and grandfather, the news of Kim’s visit was not announced until his return to Pyongyang.

Kim expressed hope that trust would be established by the upcoming summit between him and President Donald Trump and that “relevant sides would take phased and synchronous measures in a responsible manner so as to comprehensively advance the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue and eventually achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the peninsula,” Xinhua reported.

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Xi commended Kim in making “active efforts to promote the ease of dialogue on the Peninsula” and having “achieved positive results,” according to Xinhua.

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