Kim Jong Un's train departs Beijing

10 January, 2019, 16:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • A vehicle in the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing China on Jan 9 2019

After his surprise visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left with backing for a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, state media said.

"The second North Korea-United States summit - to take place soon - and a reciprocal visit to Seoul by Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea will be.turning points that will firmly solidify peace on the Korean Peninsula", said Mr Moon in his speech.

The report came as Kim returned to Pyongyang after a trip to China, where he held talks with Xi and visited an economic development area in Beijing.

The American leader said Sunday that the United States and North Korea are negotiating the location of their next summit.

He said those would top the agenda in an expected second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Xinhua also said that Kim and Xi agreed to make efforts for continuous "new development", a "political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula" and "more benefits" for the people of the two countries and that they would contribute to peace and stability, prosperity and development of the region and beyond.

He also credited President Xi Jinping with helping reduce regional tensions, saying "the Korean Peninsula situation has been easing since past year, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all".

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

Mr Moon made his comments during an annual televised address to the nation, and following Kim's surprise trip this week to meet Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, in Beijing, during which he reportedly renewed his pledge to denuclearise.

Another US-North Korea summit would also expedite an unprecedented visit by the North Korean leader to Seoul, planned for previous year but delayed amid the nuclear standoff, Mr Moon said.

Mr. Kim could not be seen, but he was presumed to be on board the long train as it crossed on elevated tracks over a busy Beijing street and headed toward eastern China and the border with North Korea.

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Xi "spoke highly of the positive measures taken by the DPRK side", it added.

Kim's visit coincided with negotiations between USA and Chinese officials in Beijing to resolve a bruising trade dispute between the world's two largest economies that has roiled financial markets. The sanctions have severely impacted his country's already ailing economy.

While Beijing has been angered by Kim's nuclear tests, it would not be happy to see its decades-old ally move closer to the United States at China's expense.

But Kim had assured him and other leaders that his view of denuclearisation was "no different in any way from what the worldwide community demands", Moon said, and Pyongyang would not link it to the presence of USA forces in the South or nearby.

Officially, at least, China says it considers the tariff battle and North Korea's weapons programs to be entirely separate.

Kim's visit also marks the 70th anniversary of ties between Pyongyang and Beijing.

During the summit Kim met with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a welcoming ceremony.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was given a lavish welcome in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, which was his birthday.

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang would not comment on the objective or timing of Kim's visit at a briefing Tuesday, saying only that the two countries were making "joint efforts to uphold peace and stability on the Korean peninsula".

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