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 during a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Mr Kim has been visiting Beijing this week to project an image of a strong Pyongyang-Beijing alliance in advance of a second potential summit. -North Korea summits and hopes the two sides 'will meet each other halfway'.
The leaders were seen to have discussed North Korea's plans for a second summit with U.S. President Trump.
Relations between China and North Korea had deteriorated in recent years over Pyongyang's nuclear activities, but Kim has made sure to keep Xi informed about his dealings with the United States and South Korea as ties appear to have warmed.
Officially, at least, China says it considers the tariff battle and North Korea's weapons programs to be entirely separate.
Little progress has been made between the U.S. and North Korea since the celebrated Singapore summit last June, the very first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president.
"Kim also stated that denuclearization and the issue of ending the war has nothing to do with the status of USA troops in South Korea", he added.
Kim, for his part, welcomed China's readiness to "jointly study and steer" the situation to help ease tensions, as well as the positive role Beijing continues to play in the negotiations process, KCNA said.
China benefits greatly from having a stable North Korea on their border as a buffer zone between them and the more western oriented South Korea. He also visited a pharmaceutical plant specialising in Chinese medicine.
Kim's visit also takes place amid trade talks between Washington and Beijing.
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Seven months after Trump shook hands with Kim, the USA and North Korea continue to argue over what the leaders agreed to do.
Progress has been slow ever since as the North wants sanctions relief, while the USA remains firm that sanctions will remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons program.
Kim met for one hour with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday - believed to be the North Korean leader's birthday - and the two later dined with their wives at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
There was a "rare historic opportunity" for a political settlement on the peninsula, he added, and China "supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results".
It wasn't clear from the reports if Kim was in back in the North, but his train presumably would arrive sometime Thursday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Kim's visit that the two countries are committed to deepening bilateral relations, properly resolving the Korean Peninsula issue, and maintaining peace and stability on the region.
"The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US", he said.
However, after the June summit, progress between North Korea and the USA stalled over fundamental disagreements on their respective definitions of "denuclearization" and a timeline for said denuclearization.
"If Washington will not give him (Kim) economic concessions, China in a subtle way nearly certainly will. albeit with the expectation he does make progress and does not return to belligerence".