Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

Kim Jong-un visits China after Trump summit

While global media attention has focused on Kim's historic meeting with Trump - the first summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president - Xi has played a lower-key game, displaying far less bonhomie or ebullience than either Moon or Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began a two-day visit on Tuesday, Chinese state-run television said, exactly a week after Kim's landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Beijing seeks a boosted role in talks with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons.

"The potential comprehensive trade war will make the cooperation between China and North Korea's nuclear issue more complicated", Cheng said.

It was urgent for Xi and Kim to discuss how North Korea would work towards meeting USA demands, said Beijing-based global relations commentator Hua Po.

The visit would also serve to underline that Kim is adhering to a request made by Xi at their first meeting in Beijing.

Kim's visit to neighbouring China - announced amid reports he'd landed - illustrates how comfortable the once-reclusive leader has become travelling overseas since Trump agreed to the meeting.

The visit to China is Mr Kim's third since March, when his first trip overseas since taking office was to meet President Xi Jinping. When Kim made his first trip overseas later in March, he travelled in secret via armoured train and it wasn't announced until he was safely home.

Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcycle escorts was later seen heading into the compound, video showed.

Kim is likely to ask Xi for relief from severe economic sanctions in return for his pledge to denuclearize, observers say.

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One expert told NK News the North Korean leader needed to shore up support from the Chinese President following the summit.

Following the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore a week ago, China suggested the UN Security Council could consider easing the economic punishment of its Cold War-era ally. Analysts said Beijing appeared to be trying to normalize such visits.

Xi told reporters that he thought the Trump-Kim summit was an "important step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue".

"There may be differences ahead between the DPRK and the USA in regards to denuclearisation, because the U.S. wants irreversible and verifiable denuclearisation".

"Unlike the six party talks, where working-level officials agreed upon the final outcome, it was the presidents of [South Korea] and the United States and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the DPRK who signed these documents" this time around, Mr. Lim said.

Trump and Kim pledged in a joint summit statement to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Beijing has long advocated a "dual suspension" or "freeze-for-freeze" approach - whereby North Korea halts its missile and nuclear testing and the US and South Korea halt their joint military exercises - for the easing tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington previously rebuffed the proposal.

The posts came as South Korean news outlet Yonhap News Agency reported that the United States and South Korea would announce a halt to the large-scale joint military drills that are scheduled for August.

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