Kim Jong meets Xi Jinping for second time in China

Trump: Pompeo Traveling to N. Korea to Prepare for Summit

Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post cited two unofficial sources to say that Jinping went to Dalian to meet the guest official and preside over the launch of sea trials for China's inaugural aircraft carrier, built entirely indigenously.

The secret meeting was held in the northern Chinese city of Dalian on Tuesday and not made public until after Kim had left the country.

Speculation was ripe on Monday and Tuesday that Kim may have visited the Chinese city amid tightened security in Dalian, with Japanese media reporting that an airplane normally used by North Korean VIPs had arrived in Dalian.

Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend, becoming the first US official known to have met Kim, to lay the groundwork for the planned summit.

Within a period of more than one month, he and Kim met twice and they have been keeping in close contact, Xi said.

"I hope to build mutual trust with the USA through dialogue", Kim was quoted as saying.

Though the US and President Trump have had an undeniable influence on North Korea's sudden openness to worldwide diplomacy, the rhetoric over summit negotiations have been fluid at best.

Trump and Xi agreed on the importance of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs, the White House said.

China has been largely sidelined by the developments between the two Koreas and the United States, and will be keen to ensure the North does not get too close to Washington, which it sees as a competitor in the region.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their second summit in about 40 days, with Kim voicing his commitment to denuclearization, state media said Tuesday, ahead of an anticipated summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim crossed the Demilitarised Zone into South Korea late last month to meet South Korean president Moon Jae-in for a summit that was considered a warm-up act for a meeting with US President Donald Trump some time in the next month.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Kim on Monday and the two leaders strolled along the coastline at a government guesthouse and had lunch together on Tuesday.

China is North Korea's only major ally but trade has plummeted in recent months because Beijing is enforcing United Nations economic sanctions, following ballistics missile tests in North Korea.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, and also spoke on other important issues that are of mutual interest. The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea immediately commit to denuclearization.

He argues that the harsh regulations pushed North Korea towards neighboring allies.

It was not known how long the Xi-Kim meeting had been planned or why Dalian was chosen.

Internet users in China said security was beefed up in Dalian and flight delays happened. "This meeting is one that carries the will of President Trump and State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un", she said, using Kim's formal title.

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