North Korea Leader Jong Un 'Secretly' Visits China

North Korea Leader Jong Un 'Secretly' Visits China

North Korea Leader Jong Un 'Secretly' Visits China

Kim crossed the Demilitarised Zone into South Korea late last month to meet South Korean president Moon Jae-in for a summit that was considered a warm-up act for a meeting with US President Donald Trump some time in the next month.

Chinese media said Kim met with Xi on Monday and Tuesday. It was their second meeting, following Kim's visit to Beijing in March.

North Korea's state media reported that Kim travelled to Dalian via a special plane and was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo-jong and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman on worldwide affairs.

Kim held his first summit with Xi in March in Beijing, marking the first meeting since Kim took power in late 2011.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency even went to the extent of saying that the plane carried North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to China although it did not produce any evidence, AP said.

Kim Jong-un has ventured out of North Korea once again to meet another world leader.

Kim already has pledged to dismantle North Korea's primary nuclear testing facility by month's end.

Kim visited Dalian on Monday and Tuesday, Xinhua reported on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT).

The agency added Mr Kim told Mr Xi he had come to inform him about the rapidly changing regional situation.

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

NHK television showed images of two planes taking off from the northeastern port city of Dalian, one belonging to North Korea's Air Koryo, and another used by high-profile officials from Pyongyang.

China has been largely sidelined by the developments between the two Koreas and the USA, and will be keen to ensure the North does not get too close to Washington, which it sees as a competitor in the region.

China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, but Beijing has been angered by Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and supported tough United Nations sanctions against its Cold War-era ally.

"After the first meeting between me and Comrade Chairman, both China-DPRK relations and the Korean Peninsula situation have made positive progress".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While China and North Korea have always been allies, their diplomatic relationship grew rocky following Kim's rise to power in 2011.

Media reports Tuesday said Chinese President Xi Jinping may have met with a high-ranking North Korean official in the Chinese port city of Dalian amid tight security and the spotting of a North Korean airliner at the city's airport. "In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.

Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, feared flying, fuelling speculation that the younger Kim may not be willing to travel far to meet Trump.

It is not clear when the meeting was planned or put together or why Dalian was chosen.

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