Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump says he will speak with China's Xi

Trump says he will speak with China's Xi

Kim held his first summit with Xi in March in Beijing, marking the first meeting since Kim took power in late 2011.

Trump, who announced that the plans for the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been finalized, said to "stay tuned" for any developments on the release of the USA citizens.

Kim made his maiden foreign tour by travelling to Beijing by train in March during which the two countries sought to reinforce their close ties as the North Korean dictator warmed up to Trump agreeing to meet the main U.S. demand to abandon the nuclear programme.

According to China's official Xinhua agency, Mr Kim and Mr Xi discussed bilateral issues, and the Chinese leader voiced his support for upcoming talks between North Korea and the US.

Mr Kim is quoted as saying: "These are the positive outcomes of the historic meeting between me and Comrade General Secretary (Xi)".

It said as a mid-term benefit, China will serve as an "indispensable facilitator for a political and peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue".

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

The two leaders met on Monday and Tuesday.

The report, which lasted about 20 minutes, did not show any photos or video of the visit.

The meeting had not been known to the public ahead of it taking place. DPRK is an acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Though rumors are likely widespread, North Korea's media still have not explicitly confirmed the expected summit with Trump.

'I feel like I'm firing a flare at the starting line in the moment of (the two Koreas) writing a new history in North-South relations, peace and prosperity, ' Kim told Moon as they sat at a table to begin their closed-door talks.

"So long as relevant parties eliminate hostile policies and security threats toward North Korea, North Korea has no need for nuclear (capacity), and denuclearisation can be realised", China's official Xinhua news agency cited Kim as saying.

Xi hosted a banquet and told Kim of his backing of North Korea's "strategic shift towards economic development", Xinhua added. They stood on a beach, sat under an awning on an outdoor deck, strolled through lush gardens and sat at a conference table.

He says they will also discuss North Korea, where he says "relationships and trust are building".

China is North Korea's only major ally but trade has plummeted in recent months because Beijing is enforcing United Nations economic sanctions, following ballistics missile tests in North Korea.

For his part, Kim said both the DPRK-China friendship and the Korean Peninsula situation have undergone meaningful progress since his visit to Beijing in March this year.

As inter-Korean talks continue and a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump looms, Xi may be looking to insert China into the dialogue which has appeared to put USA interests first.

Media reports Tuesday said Chinese President Xi Jinping may have met with a high-ranking North Korean official in the Chinese port city of Dalian amid tight security and the spotting of a North Korean airliner at the city's airport.

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