North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an unannounced visit to China and met President Xi Jinping reaffirming his commitment to denuclearisation, weeks before planned summit meetings with United States and South Korean leaders, Chinese and North Korean media said Wednesday.
Senior officials of the two Koreas met on Thursday to prepare for a rare inter-Korean summit, days after the nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong-un made his global debut with a surprise trip to China.
The visit was Kim's first known trip outside North Korea since he assumed power in 2011, and is believed by analysts to serve as preparation for upcoming summits with South Korea and the United States.
May 2000: Kim Jong Il, who took power in 1994 after his father's death, makes the first of his eight visits to China as the North Korean leader. "It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the [Korean] peninsula", said Kim.
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Yang Jiechi said: "We believe (Kim's) visit will help the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, ensure peace and security of the Korean peninsula and resolve problems regarding the peninsula through political negotiations and discussions".
Kim Jong Un was reportedly in China between march 25 - 28th.
Widely read Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times praised the meeting as proving naysayers wrong about Beijing-Pyongyang relations.
He travelled to Beijing amid tight security aboard a green train used exclusively by the ruling Kim family for many years.
The two leaders held talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He was even styled to look like the late Kim Il Sung. The briefing included a personal message from President Xi to President Trump, which has been conveyed to President Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.More news: New report says iPhone SE 2 will be exclusively assembled in India
Trump also wrote about the matter early Wednesday on Twitter.
He added: "If South Korea and the USA respond to our efforts in good faith, build a peaceful and stable atmosphere, and adopt phased and simultaneous steps for peace, the issue of denuclearisation on the Peninsula can be resolved".
Xi Jinping, according to KCNA, has accepted an invitation from Kim and will travel to Pyongyang, at a date not yet determined, to return the visit.
The North Korean leader said that many important changes have taken in the Korean Peninsula where the situation is developing rapidly and he felt he should come in time to inform Xi in person the situation "out of comradeship and moral responsibility".
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In this photo provided by KCNA, Kim is seen waving as he is given a send-off at Beijing station in Beijing on Tuesday. Later Thursday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency for the first time confirmed Mr. Kim's plan to meet with Mr. Moon, without disclosing the time and venue of their meeting. China claimed on the same day, after what was supposed to be a secret meeting between Kim Jong Un and Chinese president Xi Jinping, that the North Korean leader has pledged to commit to denuclearization, according to Reuters.