North Korea: Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon

19 June, 2018, 20:18 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping

The report suggests that during the meeting with Xi and Chinese officials, Kim will discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and potential negotiating strategies he might adopt in meeting with the United States moving forward.

Chinese state media confirmed he's expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jingping during his two-day visit.

Kyodo later reported that a North Korean freight plane used for the June 12 Singapore summit had arrived in Beijing.

This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018.

According to the 2015 report The Military Balance, published by the United Kingdom -based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), North Korea has 1.19 million active duty troops to South Korea's 655,000, and 21,000 artillery pieces to South Korea's 11,000.

The Chinese government also told Japan that it will receive Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for an official visit to China around the time of the envisaged trilateral summit, the sources said.

Trump said last week after meeting with Kim in Singapore that he would end "war games" carried out with the South Koreans.

Any reduction in tensions on its doorstep is welcome for China, North Korea's closest ally, which accounts for around 90 per cent of Pyongyang's trade.

But the guns represent a substantial part of North Korea's threat to Seoul. Posing for photos while shaking hands with Kim, US President said, "we will have a terrific relationship no doubt".

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in
Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in

"China always stands against the so-called unilateral sanctions outside the Security Council framework".

North Korea "hopes to work with China and other concerned parties to promote and establish a solid, long-lasting peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula and make joint efforts to achieve a lasting peace on the peninsula".

Kuhn reports that "North Korean leaders have in past always traveled to China in armored trains, and kept the visit secret until after it was over, apparently because they feared assassination attempts".

Few do. Indeed, Kim is visiting China today to brief Xi on the summit-his third visit in three months.

"Ultimately it is China that he has to rely on for providing economic assistance as well as some degree of diplomatic sheltering and security protection".

Beijing has repeatedly called for a "suspension for suspension" approach where the North would stop its nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea halting military exercises.

The decision to halt military exercises in South Korea has bewildered many current and former US defence officials, who only learned about it when Trump made his remarks after the Singapore meeting.

South Korea, where President Moon Jae-in held his own historic summit with Mr. Kim weeks before Mr. Trump, is seen to be gently urging the White House to move as quickly as possible. Last November, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, "A lot of countries like to talk about this idea of a freeze for freeze, but that's just not going to work..."

Chinese President Xi Jinping "is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes", said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "Kim likely wants to accelerate easing of sanctions".

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