Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, said on Thursday that a second summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the USA president, may be imminent, followed by an unprecedented visit by the North Korean leader to Seoul. -North Korea summits and hopes the two sides "will meet each other halfway".
Xi agreed with the "principled issues" raised by North Korea in talks with the United States and that its "reasonable points of concern should be resolved properly", according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency.
DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
It has become something of a ritual: Last year, Kim briefed Xi before and after his historic summits with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It comes after US and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of the summit.
Tuesday was Mr. Kim's birthday.
He also credited President Xi Jinping with helping reduce regional tensions, saying "the Korean Peninsula situation has been easing since previous year, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all". Beyond confirming his presence in Beijing, no details have been provided by either North Korea or China on his schedule, with no coverage in state media even in the nightly news broadcast hours after the train's departure. The visit wrapped up Kim's two-day stay in the city, after he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Tuesday.
The visit coincided with trade talks between Chinese and USA officials.
"Considering the difficulties faced by South Korean businessmen of the Kaesong Industrial Park and the hopes of South Korean people who wish to visit our people's great mountain, we are willing to resume the Kaesong Industrial Park and the tours to Mount Diamond with no preconditions or strings attached", Kim stated.
According to Mr. Moon, the mediator between North Korea and the US, Seoul will cooperate with the US in resolving the issue of sanctions on North Korea.
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Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung was also adept at playing off Communist rivals Beijing and Moscow against each other during the Cold War to extract concessions from both. "To ensure peace and security, we will facilitate denuclearization and play a constructive role in maintaining long-term peace in the region", Xi said.
"Kim Jong-un understands that the issue is entirely up to the decision of South Korea and the United States".
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for photos with NK leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju in Beijing on Wednesday.
A vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heads to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Tuesday.
Lu continued, "China supports the two sides in continuing with their dialogue and striving for positive outcomes". Experts agree that while neither the USA nor China is "winning" in the trade war, China may be at a disadvantage.
Trump had yet to respond to Kim Jong-un's China trip but tweeted Tuesday: "Talks with China are going very well!"
"China has been an important force in promoting the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and peace and stability on the peninsula", said Lu.
The site that Kim and Trump will pick for the next meeting has been attracting keen attention, especially after President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the summit will take place soon and Trump said that the USA is "negotiating a location" on Sunday.