China's President Meets North Korean Leader Ahead Of Trump Summit

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

The recent South Korean summit and the potential USA talks have received more attention internationally, but China's role as an economic lifeline for North Korea makes the talks between Xi and Kim all the more crucial.

We are also impressed by the fact that Kim had his second summit with Xi in Dalian, where the first China-built aircraft carrier will embark on a test voyage later this month.

Pompeo reportedly left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Monday, with two reporters who were prohibited from reporting on their trip until after Trump's announcement on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will speak Tuesday with President Xi Jinping of China.

China has been making all sorts of engagements with North Korea and its neighbours to ensure that it doesn't lose out to the US-backed peace initiative in the Korean Peninsula in which Washington's ally South Korean has also played a big role.

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

Pompeo said he hoped to be able to outline a set of conditions that would create the opportunity for a historic change in the security relationship with North Korea and added that sanctions would not be lifted until USA objectives were met.

Mr Trump added they will also discuss North Korea, where he said "relationships and trust are building". He meets at the White House on May 22 with Moon. "Maybe North Korea and the United States are thinking about making some radical concessions".

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It was Kim's second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the two countries to mend ties that had soured after Beijing supported United Nations sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear-weapons tests.

In this photo taken between May 7 and 8, 2018 released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning Province.

This second Xi-Kim meeting came after the inter-Korean summit on April 27, and a day ahead of a trilateral summit between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, at which North Korea is expected to top the agenda.

Foley pointed out that North Korea has made numerous promises of going nuclear-free in past decades as well, with hopes of peace never actually materializing.

"So long as relevant parties eliminate hostile policies and security threats toward North Korea, North Korea has no need for nuclear (capacity), and denuclearisation can be realised", China's official Xinhua news agency cited Kim as saying.

Suzanne Scholte, who chairs the North Korea Freedom Coalition, separately told The Christian Post in April that unless the USA focuses on getting North Korea to agree on improving its human rights record, then any negotiations will be fruitless.

North Korean state media said Kim was "very pleased" that the relationship with China was reaching a high point, and North Korea would cooperate with China more actively as the situation on the Korean peninsula changed.

The North Korean official flew in a private plane and arrived at Dalian airport on Monday amid heavy security, Yonhap said. Others claimed to have spotted Red Flag limousines used by the statesmen, AP said.

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