North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

Riding on a bullet-proof train, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived this week in Beijing just in time to spend his 35th birthday alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping. The first two summits were not reported until after Kim left China, and the third was disclosed on the second day of his visit. Emphasizing the "resolute determination of the two countries to jointly advance the political settlement", China, Xi pointed out, is fully committed to fostering a dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

"In a word, Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to China is an indication that the second North Korea-U.S. summit is drawing near", Moon said.

But since North Korea's rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S., Kim and Xi have thawed their frosty relationship, as each wants to negotiate with Trump on a key topic: Kim on denuclearization and Xi on trade. "But Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location as it doesn't have a North Korean embassy there", another official added.

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.

Still, China has denied any interest in using North Korea as a bargaining chip and doing so risked undermining a source of stability in its strained relations with the U.S.

"The path toward peace on the Korean Peninsula still continues to expand even at this moment, and it will speed up even more this year".

China is the North's main ally and key trade partner.

Kim spent around half an hour touring a pharmaceutical factory operated by Tong Ren Tang, the largest producer of traditional Chinese medicinal products.

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If Xi Jinping has lit a fire under Kim's butt to bring him back to the table and start tearing down his warheads and missles, he may wind up doing us a far bigger favor than any new trade deal.

Many observers, including the China's nationalistic newspaper Global Times, felt the timing of Kim's trip, on Xi's invitation, was intentional.

Seoul would cooperate with the U.S. and worldwide community to seek to "resolve" the issue of sanctions "as soon as possible", Moon said.

Kim's visit also marks the 70th anniversary of ties between Pyongyang and Beijing.

United States strategic assets in the region involved not only North Korea, "but also overall stability and peace in Northeast Asia", Moon said.

In a New Year's address, Kim pledged his commitment to complete denuclearization in a message to Washington and expressed his desire to meet again with Trump - a sentiment immediately reciprocated by the US president over Twitter. -China negotiations were extended another day to Wednesday. "This means that China implemented the United Nations resolution well", he said.

Pyongyang and Washington are known to be engaging in sub rosa talks for a ministerial-level meeting before the summit, to iron out denuclearization steps North Korea should take and corresponding measures from the U.S.

South Korea and Japan share a bitter history that includes Japan's 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, the forced mobilization of labor at Japanese companies and other issues.

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