N Korea’s Kim, China’s Xi discussed how to ‘jointly steer’ denuclearisation talks

11 January, 2019, 06:13 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Kim's fourth visit to China comes ahead of a much-anticipated summit with U.S. president Trump later this year.

North Korea will "make efforts for the second summit between (North Korean) and USA leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the worldwide community", Kim was quoted as saying by China's official Xinhua News Agency.

As for the presence of USA troops in South Korea, President Moon said it has nothing to do with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which he noted includes both the North and military commitments by the U.S.

The ruler of the secretive state left Beijing on his special armoured train yesterday after his fourth trip to China in the last 10 months.

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 Trump in June, saying that if things don't improve - meaning that if sanctions relief and security guarantees aren't in the offing - the North might have to find "a new way" forward.

Pyongyang needed to take "bold, practical measures for denuclearisation" to ensure sanctions are lifted, he told reporters, but added that "corresponding measures" were also needed from the USA, such as agreeing a "peace regime" and formally declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

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

The president said he hopes denuclearization will be sped up by the declaration of an official end to the Korean War.

North Korea has repeatedly invited Xi to visit Pyongyang.

Mr Moon said North Korea should take more concrete steps, such as abandoning its intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and dismantling weapons production lines and other nuclear complexes, to secure United States concessions such as sanctions relief.

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"(Kim's) visit to Seoul will be the first by a North Korean leader, so in itself it will be a very important, major turning point in inter-Korean relations", Moon said, adding that he was certain that the trip will be made, as the North Korean leader personally made the promise.

Mr Moon said Mr Kim's latest trip to Beijing signalled that a second summit was imminent. He also visited a pharmaceutical plant specialising in Chinese medicine.

Kim "raised concern" about the impasse in talks with the USA, according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency, which said the Chinese leader had issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position.

Kim previously met with Xi before and after the Singapore Summit with Trump.

"Kim has made it clear to me, President Trump, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin that (his idea of denuclearization has) no differences with the complete denuclearization the worldwide community demands", Moon said.

Those demands were in response to Pyongyang's initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation that included dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility. Tuesday also coincided with the North Korean leader's 35th birthday.

"We always believe that, as key parties to the Korean Peninsula issue, it's important for the two sides to maintain contact and we always support their dialogue to achieve positive outcomes", Lu said.

Some analysts say China could use its cooperation on the North Korean issue as a bargaining chip in the USA trade talks.

"Nothing has been decided on a Japan-DPRK summit, not even the timing", Abe said in translated comments to a press conference in London on Thursday, using North Korea's formal name.

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