'Bold steps' needed on N Korea denuclearisation - Moon

Xi Fetes Kim Jong-un with Lavish Birthday Banquet

Xi Fetes Kim Jong-un with Lavish Birthday Banquet

With another nuclear summit looming between Kim and US President Donald Trump, a meeting between President Xi Jinping and the North Korean leader was inevitable, according to analysts.

Mr Moon said Mr Kim's latest trip to Beijing signalled that a second summit was imminent.

Mr Xi said China supported North Korea and the USA "holding summits and achieving results, and supports relevant parties resolving their respective legitimate concerns through dialogue".

Kim said during his China visit this week that there is no change in North Korea's stance to faithfully carry out the agreement reached with US President Donald Trump during their Singapore summit, and pursue a peaceful resolution through discussion, KCNA said.

Moon said resolving the issue of the North Korea sanctions hinges on how fast North Korea denuclearizes and whether it receives reciprocal measures from the United States.

Like his father - Kim Jong-il, who ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011, Kim's strength has always been his "vagueness" about what he'll do next, and an ability to "keep everybody guessing until they do it", said James Kim.

At their first meeting in Singapore in June, Kim and Trump signed a vaguely worded document with Kim pledging to work towards the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

There has been little progress made between the U.S. and North Korea since the historic Singapore summit in June - the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president.

Tuesday's meeting focused on Kim's expected meeting with Trump, according to Yonhap.

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Officially, at least, China says it considers the tariff battle and North Korea's weapons programs to be entirely separate. The recent visit is Mr Kim's fourth to China in less than a year.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed hope that interested parties will provide assistance in the process of denuclearlization on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. strategic assets in the region involved not only North Korea, "but also overall stability and peace in Northeast Asia", Moon said.

South Korea and Japan share a bitter history that includes Japan's 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, the forced mobilization of labor at Japanese companies and other issues.

We can safely assume that Kim Jong-un has known all along that America wouldn't be abandoning their own nuclear weapons arsenal or unilaterally pulling all of our troops out of South Korea.

North Korean and Chinese state media announced his visit shortly in advance of his arrival in Beijing, in a break with standard protocol dictating such trips are only confirmed after they happen.

Lu continued, "China supports the two sides in continuing with their dialogue and striving for positive outcomes". -China negotiations were extended another day to Wednesday.

North Korea has a well-honed talent for playing the world's major players against one another, leading analysts to believe that Kim at this point may be using that skill for leverage to get what he wants from a second summit with Trump: both striking a deal with the United States and keeping his nuclear weapons.

Washington asserts Kim accepted the "final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea", while Pyongyang says the deal implied a step-by-step approach where its actions were simultaneously met by USA responses.

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