North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits China, meets with Xi Jinping

Wednesday, 09 May, 2018

The devil, as always, is in the details of what these steps will look like, how they will be verified or enforced, and what the end goal looks like for the Korean Peninsula (including the question of the USA troop presence).

The timing of the Xi-Kim meeting allowed them to emphasize their shared interests ahead of the trilateral summit, and before a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, expected in the next month or so.

In the past, North Korean leaders have been reluctant to travel by air on worldwide journeys, including Kim's father Kim Jong Il, who famously went everywhere in his personal armored train. The reporters were given about four hours of notice before the trip, according to the Associated Press.

Pompeo's first trip to Pyongyang over Easter weekend before he was confirmed as secretary of state was a closely held secret.

It was not known how long the Xi-Kim meeting had been planned or why Dalian was chosen. "In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed", Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.

A great deal of what it takes to be a United States foreign policy expert is an ability to recap conventional wisdom-to be able to say, "We've seen this all before", and the status quo will likely remain the same. Others claimed to have spotted Red Flag limousines used by the statesmen, AP said.

Trump has said that a time and place for the summit have been decided but has not said where and when it will be. The venue for their summit has not been announced.

Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post cited two unofficial sources to say that Jinping went to Dalian to meet the guest official and preside over the launch of sea trials for China's inaugural aircraft carrier, built entirely indigenously.

In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, Xi and Kim had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-North Korea relations and major issues of common concern, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Xi said the momentum of dialogue and alleviation of tension on the peninsula is being consolidated in the direction that is conducive to a political solution, it said.

But his exact demands for relinquishing weapons that his nation spent decades building remain unclear.

The second summit between Kim and Xi came amid a flurry of top-level diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons program. "This meeting is one that carries the will of President Trump and State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un", she said, using Kim's formal title.

"We are not going to head down the path we headed down before", he said. "We're not going to do this in small increments where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure".

South Korea's presidential office said the Chinese government notified Seoul about the Xi-Kim meeting in advance. It said China was one of the signatories of the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean conflict and that makes an exclusion of China from the peace initiative in Korean Peninsula "unrealistic".

The summit was unprecedented, marked notably by the presence of Jong-Un in South Korean, for it was the first time a North Korean leader has crossed the border in over sixty years. In addition, 65 percent of South Koreans trust Kim Jong-un on his pledge to denuclearize, and Moon Jae-in's approval ratings have shot up to 86 percent. DPRK is short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's formal name. Japan, the host of the talks, has been pushing the United States to continue a tough line against Pyongyang.