North Korea Leader Jong Un 'Secretly' Visits China

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Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held a meeting in China in advance of a summit between North Korea and the United States.

"The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest, including recent developments on the Korean peninsula and President Xi's meeting today with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un", according to the White House announcement.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi and Kim walking at the seaside in China's northeastern city of Dalian on May 8.

"In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of common concern", Xinhua said.

According to North Korean state media, Kim said he is "very pleased" with how the relationship between North Korea and China is progressing, Reuters reported Tuesday.

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Kim and Xi chose to meet in Dalian on a peninsula near the North Korean border.

USA officials say Pompeo will press North Korea for the release of three detained American citizens, whose imminent release Trump has been hinting at.

But Mr. Moon, who as South Korea's leader has pushed for engagement with Pyongyang, urged Japan to consider normalizing ties with North Korea.

But on Tuesday, North Korean state media KCNA praised the relationship between the two countries as "in the midst of a historical new golden era".

CCTV quoted Mr Xi as saying China "supports North Korea to stick to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the U.S. in solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation".

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Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Kim. A political resolution of tensions on the peninsula and denuclearization should proceed in stages, with all sides moving in concert, he said.

A Trump-Kim meeting seemed a remote possibility just a few months ago when the two leaders were trading threats and insults over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a historic summit with Kim and they agreed to work towards "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. Together, they also took a stroll and attended a luncheon, the report said. Chinese media quoted Kim as saying, "I hope to build mutual trust with the USA through dialogue".

Trade talks between the US and China must lead to an outcome that "benefits American businesses and workers", US President Donald Trump told his counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a call on Tuesday. A status quo, it's worth noting, that means that the decades-long United States military presence in Korea will remain for decades more to come.

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Kim's second trip to China could be a demonstration of solidarity with Beijing or to double-check the solidity of Pyongyang's "insurance policy" with Beijing in case the Trump-Kim summit is canceled or postponed.

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