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

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

The worldwide community expects peaceful dialogue on the fate of the Korean peninsula to continue and yield results, Xi told Kim during the North Korean leader's fourth visit to China in the past 12 months, according to the Xinhua report.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang would not comment on the goal or timing of Kim's visit at a briefing Tuesday, saying only that the two countries were making "joint efforts to uphold peace and stability on the Korean peninsula".

Trump and Kim reached an agreement to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", during their first meeting in June in Singapore.

In a report also on Thursday, North Korea's state media KCNA said that Kim and Xi had in-depth discussions on how to "jointly study and steer" the situation on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearisation talks.

While no details were released about an agenda in China, Kim has been seeking relief from sanctions, a peace declaration to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War and more investment.

AFP journalists saw the distinctive olive green train with a single yellow stripe leave a station in central Beijing, a day after Mr Kim's arrival on a visit to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping to seek economic support and diplomatic backing from his key ally.

A majority of Donald Trump's administration does not want to achieve a peace agreement with North Korea, as they wish to keep troops in South Korea and form a "strategic encirclement" of China, contends a former USA diplomat.

Progress between Washington and Pyongyang has always been hobbled by wide differences on how denuclearisation should unfold, and under what conditions.

Kim spoke with Xi for about an hour Tuesday night, discussing ways to strengthen their ties and lay out strategy for a potential summit between Kim and Trump on curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, Yonhap reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks.




"In order to resist the high pressure of the U.S., he must communicate with Xi in advance to see what steps he can take to deal with Trump", Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP.

Mr Xi said China supported North Korea and the U.S. "holding summits and achieving results, and supports relevant parties resolving their respective legitimate concerns through dialogue".

"U.S. forces in South Korea or strategic assets in places like Guam and Japan are not linked with North Korea alone, as they exist for the stability and peace of the entire Northeast Asia", Moon told reporters at the presidential Blue House.

In a New Year speech, Mr Kim focused on North Korea's moribund economy, saying that improving people's lives was his top priority and tackling energy shortages was an urgent task. China also wants the sanctions to be relaxed.

Trump said Sunday that the United States and North Korea were negotiating the location of their next summit.

While Kim was in China, Xi's government was in talks with a visiting USA delegation over a trade war that has been extracting a financial cost on the world's two biggest economies.

"I don't think we need to resort to any maneuvers to get our message across to the USA side".

"The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US".


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