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Kim Jong Un's motorcade heads out on day 2 of China trip

10 January 2019, 07:21 | Darnell Patrick

Kim Jong Un's motorcade heads out on day 2 of China trip

A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju inspect an honour guard before leaving Pyongyang for a visit to China, this Jan. 7, 2019 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, Jan. 8, 2019.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing Tuesday in Beijing that Kim's visit had no bearing on USA trade talks.

Kim Jong Un had said he is ready to meet Trump again for the denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula. On Wednesday, Yonhap reported that Mr Kim toured a factory operated by medicine firm Tong Ren Tang for about half an hour in an economic zone in the Chinese capital. However, neither side has provided details of what he has done since arriving aboard his personal armored train on Tuesday morning.

The visit came as trade talks between the USA and China were underway in the city, leaving some to speculate about the message Kim may be sending President Trump. For Xi, whose country provides a lifeline to North Korea's anemic economy, the meeting with Kim reminds Trump that China's co-operation will make any nuclear deal more effective.

But his looming summit with Mr Trump is a pressing issue. But talks have since stalled over disagreements about how to accomplish that.

Ties between China and North Korea, which had frayed as Pyongyang stepped up its missile and nuclear tests up to late 2017, warmed over the past year as Kim engaged with China, South Korea and the United States.

"In order to resist the high pressure of the United States, he must communicate with Xi in advance to see what steps he can take to deal with Trump", Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP.

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China's official Xinhua news agency confirmed that Kim was visiting from Monday to Thursday at Xi's invitation.

Mr Kim had said in his annual new year's speech in January that he remained committed to denuclearisation, but warned that he would change course if USA sanctions remained.

Discussions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal have stalled since Mr Kim and Mr Trump's high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation. Jim Jatras also claimed that what President Trump and what his administration want are not "necessarily the same thing". "China and the DPRK are friendly and close neighbours and it is also an important tradition for us to maintain friendly exchanges", Lu said, referring to North Korea's formal name.

Progress has been slow ever since as the North wants sanctions relief, while the United States remains firm that sanctions will remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons program.

The visit coincided with negotiations between U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing to resolve a bruising trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

"I don't think we need to resort to any maneuvers to get our message across to the USA side".

Meanwhile, the U.S. and China have agreed to a temporary ceasefire on new tariffs at the G20 meeting, amid an escalating trade war between them. "The weight of North Korea is limited and can not play a decisive role", he said.



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