Prior to departing Beijing, North Korean state media reported that Kim once again extended an invitation to Xi to visit Pyongyang, which Xi reportedly accepted. If Xi Jinping has lit a fire under Kim's butt to bring him back to the table and start tearing down his warheads and missles, he may wind up doing us a far bigger favor than any new trade deal.
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.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula in a second summit with President Donald Trump.
South Korea's Ambassador to the US says he is hopeful that a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place.
Kim "raised concern" about the impasse in talks with the United States, according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency, which said the Chinese leader had issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position.
He also said China would be ready to play a "positive and constructive role" towards maintaining peace and achieving denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, reported Xinhua.
Kim emerged from his quarters around 4 p.m.to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, where Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju joined them later.
"(China) does not think their interests would be threatened by better inter-Korean relations, whereas the possibility of a North Korean alignment with the U.S., even potentially, against China, I think it's Beijing's nightmare", Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told AFP.
Kim also said North Korea hopes its "legitimate concerns" will be given due respect, a reference to its desire for security guarantees and a possible peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.
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He said that Obama , who he did not name, "grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism". "President Trump's decision to withdraw our troops has been made". "We always do and now is the time ".
The unannounced trip was largely shrouded in secrecy.
The North Korea leader, who stressed that attaining economic self-sufficiency and prosperity is the country's core drive in his New Year's address, spent some 30 minutes there inspecting production sites, which could be a model for North Korea in modernizing its herbal medicine industry. His visit was also seen as part of an effort to win Chinese support for a reduction of United Nations sanctions imposed over his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which have severely impacted his country's already ailing economy.
The second summit would also expedite an unprecedented planned visit by Kim to Seoul, Moon said.
During the visit, the North Korean leader met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and visited a pharmaceutical factory in southern Beijing, in addition to a high-tech economic development zone.
DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"The US is translating Kim's trip to China as (part of) a war of nerves".
Asked if China is seeking to use Kim's visit as leverage in trade negotiations with the USA, he added, "China's diplomacy incorporates rich and diverse contents". The exchange bolstered North Korea's improving relations with its larger and more powerful neighbor, which provides it with crucial trade and security support. "China will continue to work with all relevant parties to jointly move forward this process", said Lu.
North Korea will 'make efforts for the second summit to achieve results that will be welcomed by the worldwide community, ' Kim was quoted as saying by China's official Xinhua News Agency. They were suspended in the past decade along with other similar projects amid the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.