Monday, 28 May, 2018

Kim Jong Un Secretly Met With Xi Jinping Again

Trump: Pompeo Traveling to N. Korea to Prepare for Summit The Latest: China, Japan, South Korea open three-way summit | The Tribune
Jay Anderson | 09 May, 2018, 00:46

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited China and met President Xi Jinping, state media of both countries said on Tuesday, their second encounter in two months in a flurry of diplomatic engagement that has eased tensions on the Korean peninsula.

They also disagreed about whether or not North Korea should be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, a point that Kim seems to have since come around on.

According to state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim had seen two clocks on the wall that showed two separate times for the Koreas.

Trump has tested the Supreme Leader of North Korea over Twitter before, openly mocking him over his weight and referring to Kim as "Rocket Man".

The talks follow Kim's summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea late last month and an expected one with Trump, possibly next month.

"I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China, this morning at 8:30", Trump tweeted.

By having Kim, or a high-level official, visit for the carrier launch, China may be trying to re-assert themselves in the North Korea conversation. The official is believed to be greeting, or have greeted, the North Korean official. A North Korean official on the Korean Central News Agency referred to the situation, stating "This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one".

The meeting rightfully garnered global attention, and it was the first time a sitting North Korean leader had stepped foot in South Korean territory since the Korean War began.




Kim said he had come to China to inform Xi of the situation, as events on the Korean Peninsula are unfolding rapidly.

The U.S. government has demanded that North Korea immediately commit to denuclearisation.

China is likely trying to insert its interests into ongoing inter-Korean talks and shape Kim's message to President Donald Trump when the two meet.

Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend, becoming the first USA official known to have met Kim, to lay the groundwork for the planned summit. It said the West's viewpoint that China was afraid of getting sidelined in the diplomatic parleys that are being conducted between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. was "misleading" since China had a fundamentally indispensable role in achieving peace in the peninsula.

While China and North Korea have always been allies, their diplomatic relationship grew rocky following Kim's rise to power in 2011.

The second summit between Kim and Xi in the northern Chinese city of Dalian on Monday and Tuesday appeared to highlight efforts by the allies to restore ties that have been chilled by the North's nuclear and missile development.

Chinese internet users posting on social media described heavy security in the city and extensive flight delays on Monday.

Shortly after the news of Kim-Xi summit in Dalian, Trump said he would speak with Xi on North Korea.

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