North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Visits China Again, Meets Xi Jinping

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Visits China Again, Meets Xi Jinping

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will discuss trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, as both sides continue talks after failing to reach a consensus at talks in Beijing last week, Reuters reports.

Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post cited two unofficial sources to say that Jinping went to Dalian to meet the guest official and preside over the launch of sea trials for China's inaugural aircraft carrier, built entirely indigenously.

Previous agreements over North Korea's nuclear program - including the 1994 Agreed Framework and the 2005 Joint Statement from the Six Party Talks - also called for phased, incremental steps for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program alongside sanctions relief and normalization of relations with the United States.

"As long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK, there is no need for the DPRK to be a nuclear state and denuclearization can be realized", Xinhua quoted Kim as telling Xi.

Regional powers and the United States are seeking to prevent North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Since then, Kim made a highly-publicised visit to South Korea and held a summit meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in.

Donald Trump tweeted he would be speaking to Mr Xi today.

The North Korean official flew in a private plane and arrived at Dalian airport on Monday amid heavy security, Yonhap said. The official is believed to be greeting, or have greeted, the North Korean official.

Xi held a welcome banquet for the North Korean leader and took a casual stroll with him along a beach, Chinese state media Xinhua reported.

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They had blared South Korean pop songs anti-Pyongyang broadcasts.

During the summit, Kim and Moon committed themselves to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and pledged to bring a formal end to the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased.

Trump has already said that he was not considering reducing the USA military's presence in South Korea as part of the negotiations.

Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as Central Intelligence Agency chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which it is still technically at war.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week led a delegation of seven top economic advisers, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, to Beijing for a two-day visit with a team of Chinese counterparts led by Vice-Premier Liu He.

Kim travelled to Beijing by train in March for his maiden official trip overseas and met President Xi Jinping for the first time since taking power in 2011.

In the past North Korea has used the term "hostile policies" in reference to the US troop presence in South Korea, the USA nuclear umbrella covering South Korea and Japan and regular joint military exercises in South Korea.

The second meeting with Xi and the lack of details on the Trump-Kim summit - a time and location have still not been set, although Trump has said an announcement is coming soon - has raised speculation among analysts that the summit preparations may have hit a snag.

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