After a day of speculation, it was confirmed that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un visited China.
He arrived there with her wife on Tuesday. It is the first visit by the N. Korean leader since taking charge in 2011. He held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the local media reported.
China is an economic-ally of North Korea so it was thought that he would consult Beijing before the summit with the US and South Korea.
Mr. Kim assured the Chinese leader that he was committed to giving up on nuclear weapons cut with conditions.
Mr. Kim said, “The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.”
KCNA a North Korean news agency called the ‘a milestone’ in improving bilateral ties between the two countries.
“It makes sense for North Korea to explain their positions and coordinate with China, their most important partner,” Andray Abrahamian, a research fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS told the media.
“Relations have been extremely strained the last five years and China has been sidelined in the diplomacy of the last several months,” he added.
“From Beijing’s perspective, this is a visit that should have happened some time ago.”
“They have two upcoming summits and they are probably interested in hearing the Chinese position as well.”
Xi also accepted a return invitation with Mr. Kim.
Last month, Trump accepted an unprecedented invitation to meet North Korean leader to talk about denuclearization. If things go as planned, he will be the first US prez to meet a North Korean leader.