North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits China, meets with Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits China, meets with Xi Jinping

Within a period of more than one month, he and Kim met twice and they have been keeping in close contact, Xi said. As with the previous Xi-Kim meeting, there was no advance notice given, and the visit was only confirmed after Kim had left.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he was hopeful that his eagerly-awaited meeting with US President Donald Trump will lead to mutual trust through dialogue and the two sides will take phased and synchronous measures to achieve denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The leaders met in person for the first time during a secret meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing in late March, which was widely viewed as a sign of warming ties between the two fractious allies.

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.

While the historic peace talks summit between North and South Korea at the end of April drew media attention, an activist and pastor has warned that without a focus on human rights, the developments are not an answered prayer for North Korean Christians.

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"President Trump and President Xi agreed on the importance of continued implementation of sanctions on North Korea until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs", the statement said. That strongly suggests an urgent situation has arisen, and the two leaders needed to discuss it ahead of Kim's meeting with Trump.

"At a crucial time when the regional situation is developing rapidly, Kim said he came to China again to meet with (Xi) and inform him of the situation", Xinhua said. A tug of war between Washington and Pyongyang could easily lead to an aborting of the meeting aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that the dictator had travelled to northern China to hold talks with president Xi Jinping.

"Plans are being made, relationships are building", Trump said of the planned summit during remarks at the White House that were otherwise focused on his decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The discussions likely centered around the diplomatic push to keep North Korea free of nuclear weapons.

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Xinhua noted the "cordial and friendly atmosphere" of the visit in a write-up that stressed the strength of China-North Korea relations.

Dalian was also the site of a 2010 meeting between Mr. Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, and Mr. Li, who is now China's premier.

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to USA sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process.

Ramped-up security in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian since Monday has sparked speculation about a visit by a high-ranking North Korean official, with Kyodo News confirming airport operations remain limited and traffic restricted.

Japan's Kyodo News service said the plane departed on Tuesday.

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

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