Kim Jongun Returns to China, Bolstering Ties Together With Xi Jinping

Trump: Pompeo Traveling to N. Korea to Prepare for Summit

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will discuss trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, as both sides continue talks after failing to reach a consensus at talks in Beijing last week, Reuters reports.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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.

However, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying China "supports North Korea to stick to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the U.S.in solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation".

North Korea's state media reported that Kim travelled to Dalian via a special plane and was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo-jong and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman on global affairs.

Since then, Kim made a highly-publicised visit to South Korea and held a summit meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in.

The North Korean official flew in a private plane and arrived at Dalian airport on Monday amid heavy security, Yonhap said.

Mnuchin's delegation wrapped up two days of talks with Chinese economic officials on Friday with only an agreement to keep talking. Kim's two-day visit included a welcome banquet, luncheon, and even a stroll on the beach with Xi. DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is the official acronym for North Korea. Trump holds a steady stance that the US deserves recognition given the timing of the sanctions.

The summit was unprecedented, marked notably by the presence of Jong-Un in South Korean, for it was the first time a North Korean leader has crossed the border in over sixty years.

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At a crucial time when the regional situation is developing rapidly, Kim said he came to China again to meet Xi and inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability.

The March meeting was Kim's first global trip since he assumed power in 2011 following his father's death, and was seen as a warming of ties between the two fractious allies.

The meeting held in Dalian is the second one between the two leaders.

They met on Monday and Tuesday in the coastal city of Dalian ahead of what would be a historic meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump that the White House has said could take place as soon as this month.

After news of the meeting between the two leaders was released, Trump announced that he would be speaking to "my friend" Xi on Tuesday.

The second summit between Kim and Xi came amid a flurry of top-level diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Posts about unusual traffic jams and security in Dalian popped up on Chinese social media.

Trump has said that withdrawing US forces from South Korea is "not on the table".

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