Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

Donald Trump has announced that Washington's chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, is on his way to North Korea to prepare for a landmark nuclear summit between the United States president and his North Korea counterpart, Kim Jong-un. "The primary topics will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building".

Pompeo also noted he would speak to his North Korean counterparts about freeing three USA detainees being held in the country: "We have been asking for the release of these detainees for - this administration for 17 months", he said.

During that meeting, Kim crossed into the south for the first time.

He also said Singapore was in contention to host what will be the first summit of between a US and a North Korean leader.

"Japan has always been less enthusiastic about North-South rapprochement than other countries in the region", said Amy King, senior lecturer at the Australian National University. Xinhua also paraphrased Kim as giving the slightest hint of what sort of outcome we can expect from the upcoming Trump-Kim summit. News of it did not emerge just before his Senate confirmation vote less than two weeks ago. Indeed, despite the short turnaround between Xi and Kim's meetings, there was a lot to catch up on. It was not clear if Kim would meet Pompeo on Wednesday.

"We've been asking for the release of these detainees for 17 months", Pompeo said.

"I attach great importance to bilateral relations, and cherish the good working relationship with Mr. President", it quoted Xi as saying.

"The summit's main deliverable is the fact that these proud countries are talking", said Giulio Pugliese, a lecturer at King's College London and author of a book on China-Japanese ties.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un met in the northeastern Chinese coastal city of Dalian on May 7 and 8, Xinhua announced. He has demanded that North Korea agree to give up its nuclear arsenal.

China has been keen to show it has an indispensable role in seeking a lasting solution to tension over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons, concerned that its interests may be ignored, especially as North Korea and the United States establish contacts.

As with Mr Kim's March visit to Beijing, his presence in Dalian was not officially confirmed until he had left China.

On the Chinese side, experts say Beijing has been desperate to ensure Pyongyang doesn't move outside its orbit as Kim steps out onto the diplomatic world stage.

"We are not going to fall for theatrical pronouncements on the end of their nuclear program", the official added.

Pompeo and officials traveling with him said the Trump administration would not repeat mistakes of the past, which they described as accepting gradual, incremental and long-term disarmament in exchange for immediate benefits.

The official said Pompeo is "clear-eyed about not repeating the mistakes of the past", and that what's needed is a "new and bold approach".

The uproar over the article was such that Moon Chung-in soon backtracked from the statement and said that he still supports the US troop presence.

"We will not relieve sanctions until such time as we have achieved our objectives", he added. The U.S. and its allies, in turn, have responded with escalating sanctions meant to hobble North Korea's economy. While a significant segment among the left wing of South Korea's domestic politics desires a reduction or removal, President Moon Jae-in, who is from a left-leaning party, still publicly supports the stationing of US troops in the country. They will sign a deal on resuming currency swaps and China will grant Japan investment quotas in its bond and equity markets, Li said in an essay published in Japan's Asahi newspaper. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman warned the claims are a "dangerous attempt" to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after the summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"I hope to build mutual trust with the USA through dialogue", Mr Kim was quoted as saying.

DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Pyongyang claims Kim himself is the driver of the current situation and the spokesman said the US should not to interpret Pyongyang's willingness to talk as a sign of weakness.

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