Kim Jong Un has Xi Jinping's support for 2nd Trump summit

Kim Jong Un has Xi Jinping's support for 2nd Trump summit

Kim Jong Un has Xi Jinping's support for 2nd Trump summit

Chinese and North Korean state media reported earlier Thursday that Kim told Xi that he's committed to setting up a second summit with Trump to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

Mr Moon was talking after Kim travelled to Bijing to meet Chinese supremo Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, in Beijing, during which he was reported to have renewed his pledge to denuclearise.

North Korea will "make efforts for the second summit between (North Korean) and US leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the global community", Kim was quoted as saying by China's official Xinhua News Agency.

Abe has previously said he wants a new start for Japan-North Korea ties, and has welcomed the talks between Trump and Kim as a step toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

China could provide economic, political and security guarantees to North Korea in denuclearisation talks, said Hua Po, a Beijing-based independent political commentator.

At their first meeting in Singapore in June, Kim and Trump signed a vaguely worded document with Kim pledging to work towards the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". It comes after USA and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of the summit.

Kim's visit coincides with his birthday, as well as the China-US trade talks, that started in Beijing on Monday.

A lead limousine in the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leaves the gate of the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Wednesday.

At Tuesday's daily Foreign Ministry briefing, spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing remains supportive of efforts to end tensions over USA demands for a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Shi Yinhong, an global relations professor at Renmin University in Beijing, said Kim's trip would have no direct influence on the progress of trade talks.

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Kim has said openly that his goal remains modernising the North Korean economy, which he underlined by visiting a traditional Chinese medicine factory in Beijing on Wednesday.

USA strategic assets in the region involved not only North Korea, "but also overall stability and peace in Northeast Asia", Moon said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a factory run by Chinese pharmaceutical conglomerate Tong Ren Tang at Economic Technological Development Area in Beijing, Tuesday, before departing for Pyongyang.

In his New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered to restart those stalled projects without preconditions.

Xi was quoted as saying that China supports the U.S.

Mr Moon, who has over the past year played mediator between North Korea and the U.S., said at a news conference on Thursday that Seoul would cooperate with the United States in resolving the issue of sanctions on North Korea.

Lu continued, "China supports the two sides in continuing with their dialogue and striving for positive outcomes".

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

"I don't think they believe it's impossible under President Trump. and this is one of drivers for Xi Jinping to keep Kim Jong Un close", Glaser said, noting that Xi reached out "very quickly" after Kim started engaging with Moon.

Recently, China may be doing more of the latter, says James Kim, pointing to ongoing rumours of "de facto loosening of sanctions implementation in China".

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