Kim Jong Un concludes China visit ahead of possible 2nd Trump summit

A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing

Going on to say that China has played a positive role in issues related to denuclearization and establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula, Moon said that Kim's trip will have a "very positive effect on the success" of the North Korean leader's second meeting with US President Donald Trump.

A special train believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un departed Beijing on Wednesday after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital.

South Korean Ambassador to the United States Cho Yoon-je told reporters in Washington Tuesday that "back-channel talks" are taking place between Pyongyang and Washington, adding that "because of the resoluteness of President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, we may be able to look forward to preparatory talks for a North-U.S. summit in the near future".

North Korean state news agency KCNA has said Mr Kim and Mr Xi held "in-depth, frank discussions" on the Korean peninsula and nuclear issues during his stay in Beijing, his fourth since March 2018.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim first met last June, but progress over denuclearisation has since stalled.

"Corresponding measures must be devised in order to facilitate North Korea's continued denuclearization efforts", he added, such as the U.S. agreeing a "peace regime" and formally declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Xi was quoted by Xinhua as saying that China supports the U.S. -North Korea summits and hopes the two sides 'will meet each other halfway'.

The recent comments shows that Seoul will likely join Pyongyang in pushing for sanctions relief, but the move could strain ties with the U.S. The Trump administration wants to maintain sanctions until North Korea completely denuclearizes.

"If the Korean Peninsula declares itself to be a nuclear-free zone, China can make a nuclear security commitment to North Korea", he said.

While North Korea hasn't conducted any test launches or detonations in more than a year, it has displayed no real intention of abandoning the programs that are seen as guaranteeing the government's survival.

The DongA Ilbo newspaper said that Xi hosted Kim at a banquet, which was held on the date believed to be North Korean leader's 35th birthday.

Each of the previous Kim-Xi meetings have come shortly before or after the North Korean's summits with either Trump or South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Kim "raised concern" about the impasse in talks with the U.S., according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency, which said the Chinese leader had issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position. It comes after US and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of the summit.

Kim Jong-un visits a Tong Ren Tang pharmaceutical plant in Yizhuang, Beijing on Wednesday.

It said he met with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a welcoming ceremony.

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised China's support for resolving the North Korean crisis and said he did not think the US trade dispute with China would affect this.

"To resolve the issue of worldwide sanctions on North Korea, I believe the North should take practical, bolder steps towards denuclearization".

"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.

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