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

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited the Chinese city of Dalian to meet President Xi Jinping, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

After their meeting, the leaders of North and South Korea signed an agreement to officially end the Korean War after 65 years, which will be declared later this year, and to work to denuclearize and establish a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

China is the only major ally of North Korea, though in recent months, trade between them has declined sharply, as Beijing uses economic United Nations sanctions in response to nuclear bomb tests and ballistic missiles of the North, writes CBSnews.

"As long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK, there is no need for the DPRK to be a nuclear state and denuclearization can be realized", Xinhua quoted Kim as telling Xi.

Kim made his maiden foreign tour by travelling to Beijing by train in March during which the two countries sought to reinforce their close ties as the North Korean dictator warmed up to Trump agreeing to meet the main United States demand to abandon the nuclear programme.

The visit followed a dramatic visit by Kim to Beijing in March, and comes ahead of a planned summit meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Shortly after Xinhua's announcement, Trump tweeted that he would be talking to his "friend" Xi in the next hour. Reports from the Chinese-North Korean border suggest that Chinese authorities have already lost much of their enthusiasm for enforcing existing sanctions.

Pompeo told reporters aboard his plane that his first visit was to test the seriousness of North Korea's pledges to South Korea on easing tensions. A North Korean official on the Korean Central News Agency referred to the situation, stating "This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one". Kim is expected to hold an unprecedented summit with Trump late this month or early next month.

Xi-Kim meeting took place amid concern in Beijing that the North Korean leader is getting too close to U.S. sidelining China pointing to its declining importance in the Korean Peninsula peace process.

"At a crucial time when the regional situation is developing rapidly, Kim said he came to China again to meet with (Xi) and inform him of the situation", Xinhau reported. It said the USA was inconsistent in its approach two cases of nuclear proliferation in the world - one in Iran and other in North Korea and China feels its role could play big if the US's unpredictability fails to serve the real cause. Broadly speaking, recent developments between North and South Korea have been met with widespread optimism and praise from the South Korean public.

Posts about unusual traffic jams and security in Dalian popped up on Chinese social media.

As with Kim's March visit to Beijing, his presence in Dalian was not officially confirmed until he had left China.

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