Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Kim reaffirms commitment to denuclearisation in meeting with Xi

Xinhua News Agency in Beijing. Kim was making his first known trip to a foreign country since he took power in 2011 Kim Jong Un pledges 'denuclearization' in talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping
June Sullivan | 01 April, 2018, 00:38

South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, center, Cho Yoon-je, the South Korean Ambassador to the US, right, and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, left, make an announcement about North Korea and the Trump administration outside the White House. "Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity".

"Even if the situation surrounding its talks with Seoul and Washington plays out well for North Korea, it still needs China's help", Koh said. "It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il", Kim told Xi.

When it arrives in Dandong, officials from the Chinese Communist Party, including International Liaison Department chief Song Tao, are seen boarding the train, watched on by a group of North Korean officials seated in pink armchairs.

Kim, 34, made the visit to China at the invitation of Xi, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and key officials, including de facto No. 2 figure Choe Ryong-hae, according to North Korea's state news agency. By visiting Beijing now, Mr. Kim is sending a clear message: that he is serious about his offer of talks.

North Korea's state media has reportedly neglected to mention Kim Jong-un's calls for making the Korean Peninsula a nuclear-free zone, despite the fact that this matter was apparently an integral part of the North Korean leader's agenda during his visit to Beijing. "Look forward to our meeting!".

Kim expects the U.S.to take "synchronous measures" in providing these concessions as the North agrees to take action-for-action steps, Manning said.

But the appointment of the hawkish John Bolton as national security adviser has heightened fears that the United States might resort to military action if Trump is disappointed by his meeting with Kim.

China has long advocated for a restoration of dialogue along the lines of the six-nation talks involving itself, North Korea, the United States, South Korea, Japan and Russian Federation, accompanied by a pause in U.S.

They were welcomed to the Great Hall of the People by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, with music from the People's Liberation Army band, before Kim and Xi met for talks.

The Xi-Kim summit has again highlighted the bond between China and North Korea, while also showcasing the rise of China as a major power on the world stage.

Panmunjom's "Peace House", a building designated a neutral meeting ground for government officials of both Koreas, will host what will be the third inter-Korean summit in the history of the Korean split and the first in-person meeting between Kim and Moon. The North has yet to officially confirm its interest in a summit between Kim and Trump.

It may also be that the North recognizes some hard realities. China is unhappy about having an emerging nuclear menace at its doorstep, but also doesn't want to see a collapse of a next door government it sees as a buffer state against USA ally South Korea.

North Korean official Ri Son Gwon after the meeting hailed the agreement over the summit he said provides "immense expectations and new hope for the entire nation that desires for peace on the Korean Peninsula".

"At least one of the things that Kim would want out of these meetings is a way forward to begin to ease those sanctions and support from China in that effort", said Glaser, the Asia expert.

South Korean officials, nonetheless, applauded Kim for "reaffirming his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", as relayed by other North Korean officials. "It's also one of my noble duties to value the North Korea-China friendship as I do my own life".

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