Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Kim Jong-un tells Xi Jinping he wants to 'achieve results'

Kim Jong-un tells Xi Jinping he wants to 'achieve results'

Mr Kim made what is believe to be his first official trip outside North Korea to China past year, even before meeting South Korea's President Moon and Mr Trump.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un firm backing in deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States and reasserted Beijing's key role in the wider process, according to the two allies' state media Thursday.

North Korea will "make efforts for the second summit between (North Korean) and US leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the global community", Kim was quoted as saying by China's official Xinhua News Agency. He went on to say that North Korea would be, "sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue".

The trip - Kim's fourth to China since March - suggests negotiations over North Korea's nuclear arsenal are gaining momentum after months without high-level diplomatic exchanges.

Moon added that matters related to establishing peace and declaring the end of the Korean War can be considered as measures corresponding to Pyongyang's denuclearization steps, and that he hopes the differences in Pyongyang and Washington's views on the issues will be resolved through the second Trump-Kim meeting.

Kim travelled to China - his most important security and trade partner - before meetings past year with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Keeping in mind that China is North Korea's only solid, powerful ally and Kim relies on them for much of his sputtering economy, Xi Jinping has significant leverage over North Korea.

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.

Kim visited a pharmaceutical plant that makes traditional Chinese medicine on Wednesday and met Xi again for lunch at a hotel before heading back to North Korea by train.

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"Kim has made it clear to me, President Trump, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin that (his idea of denuclearization has) no differences with the complete denuclearization the worldwide community demands", Moon said. "We've had another visit (by Kim), so why is it that Xi Jinping has not gone to Pyongyang and what would it take in order for that visit to actually take place?" said Glaser of the CSIS.

Kim later met with Xi for a second consecutive day, having a luncheon around noon at the five-star Beijing Hotel, which has a long history of hosting important receptions, near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

The North Korean leader is keen to achieve sanctions relief, but he seems to know Xi may be better able to grant that wish than Trump.

Those demands were in response to Pyongyang's initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation that included dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.

Kim also said he'll be compelled to take a different path if the United States keeps pressing for unilateral sanctions against the North as well as maintaining broader U.N. sanctions.

However, a meeting between Mr Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol has yet to be rescheduled after an abrupt cancellation in November.

Trump earlier said that the United States and North Korea are in talks over where to hold their second summit and a decision on the venue will be announced in the "not-too-distant future".

All sides should "jointly push for a comprehensive resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue", he said.

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