Vietnam says it wants to host US-NK summit

09 January, 2019, 09:24 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Trump Says Washington Is Seeking Location for Another Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un

Both visited China and South Korea six years after inheriting power, with the elder Kim creating what Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in the USA, characterized as " a dramatic mood swing in Northeast Asia" - a plan Kim Jong Un appears set on emulating.

South Korea's presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-keum said, "We especially hope that the fourth visit to China of Chairman Kim will be a steppingstone for the second North Korea and USA summit".

After Kim traveled to China in March 2018 in his first foreign trip as North Korea's leader, Beijing and Pyongyang have deepened their ties.

The meeting was followed by a dinner hosted by Xi and his wife, Yonhap said.

The meeting with Mr Xi marked the fourth time Mr Kim has met the Chinese leader in less than a year and has fuelled talk that another face-to-face encounter with Mr Trump is imminent. Negotiations have made little headway since.

United States officials held a second day of trade talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing on Tuesday, overshadowed by an unannounced visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While China's foreign ministry claims that this is just a coincidence, some analysts see it as a clear warning to the USA that Kim has other options.

Since past year, Xi and Kim has cultivated closer ties in what had previously been a frosty relationship. "That should make America quite concerned".

South Korean media also reported Monday night that a private armored train believed to be Kim's was embarking on an overnight trip to China.

It said Mr Kim is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The trip is at Xi's invitation and set to run until Thursday, according to KCNA and China's official Xinhua news agency.

His latest visit may also provide Xi with an opportunity to accentuate his country's leverage over North Korea as China and the United States try to head off a trade war.

Kim said in his New Year speech he was ready to meet Trump any time to achieve their common goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

However, he also warned, "We could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the USA does not make good on its promises, misjudges our patience, while seeking to force things unilaterally and clinging to sanctions and pressure".

It is hoped that the USA and South Korea can accurately understand the constructive significance of amicable China-North Korea ties to push ahead with denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim's visit comes as a US delegation opened a second day of talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing aimed at ending the trade war between the world's two largest economies.

"As to whether this is used as a bargaining chip by China in trade talks, I believe more Americans would think so than Chinese do", the tweet went on to say.

"Their behaviour has demonstrated that as well and we appreciate that". "China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea's nuclear capability".

In his tweet in August a year ago Trump had said North Korea was "under tremendous pressure from China because of our major trade disputes with the Chinese government". However, Xi has called on the sides to "meet each other halfway", and China's foreign minister in September urged some form of sanctions relief in response to any positive outcomes from the first Kim-Trump summit.

Last week, Trump said he had recently received a "great letter" from Kim, but declined to reveal its contents.

China, as one of the signatories to the armistice agreement, has been emphasizing it should be involved in the process to bring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Ties between China and North Korea, which had frayed as Pyongyang stepped up its provocations through a series of missile and nuclear tests, warmed over the previous year as Kim engaged with Beijing as well as Seoul and Washington.


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