Xi & Kim agree to ‘jointly’ advance & steer the denuclearization of Korean peninsula

Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang´s sole major diplomatic friend

Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang´s sole major diplomatic friend

During the North Korean leader's visit to China, he had a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping, and visited a pharmaceutical factory in southern Beijing, in addition to a high-tech economic development zone.

On whether Kim's Beijing visit was related to a second North Korea-U.S. summit, Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said in a briefing Tuesday, "China maintains that it is very useful for the DPRK and the U.S.as key parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to maintain contacts".

It wasn't clear from the reports if Kim was in back in North Korea, but his train presumably would arrive sometime Thursday.

Mr. Kim's visit also came after he expressed frustration in his annual New Year's address over the lack of progress in negotiations with Washington since the Singapore summit with Mr. Trump in June, saying that if things don't improve meaning that if sanctions relief and security guarantees aren't in the offing Pyongyang might have to find "a new way" forward. But he also urged the US President to consider issuing a formal declaration which would officially end the 1950-53 Korean War, which he suggested would encourage Kim to scrap its nuclear weapons.

Kim held three summits previous year with Xi, his most important ally, before and after summits with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Xi told Kim that that China supports the U.S.

"But Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location, as it doesn't have a North Korean embassy there", another official added.

Kim made the promise during his summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday, according to Xinhua News Agency. The recent visit is Mr Kim's fourth to China in less than a year.

"China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea's nuclear capability; I expect they will continue to do so".

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But Chinese officials also likely want to impress on Kim - who has so far pursued only limited reforms to his statist economy - the benefits the giant Communist country has enjoyed in its transformation from impoverished nation to economic powerhouse.

Kim's visit comes as a U.S. delegation opened a second day of talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing aimed at ending the trade war between the world's two largest economies.

North Korea needs to take "more bold, practical measures for denuclearization" to ensure sanctions are lifted, the South's President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, January 10, with negotiations stalling between Pyongyang and Washington.

During the summit Kim met with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a welcoming ceremony.

"To resolve the issue of global sanctions on North Korea, I believe the North should take practical, bolder steps towards denuclearization".

"(China) does not think their interests would be threatened by better inter-Korean relations, whereas the possibility of a North Korean alignment with the USA, even potentially, against China, I think it's Beijing's nightmare", Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told AFP.

All sides should "jointly push for a comprehensive resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue", he said.

Tuesday was Mr. Kim's birthday.

"We welcome North Korea's intention to resume their operation without conditions or compensation", Moon said.

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