North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

In a related development on Thursday, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said at a government meeting that there are views in his country that Japanese leaders have been fanning anti-South Korea sentiment among Japanese people for political purposes, according to the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

Mr Moon was talking after Kim travelled to Bijing to meet Chinese supremo Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, in Beijing, during which he was reported to have renewed his pledge to denuclearise.

In his New Year's message, Mr. Kim reiterated his resolve to remain committed to denuclearisation, however, the North Korean leader warned that he would change course if U.S. sanctions remained.

Kim "came to Beijing at a critical juncture, when the ongoing Sino-US trade negotiations were poised to produce a breakthrough and the second summit between him and U.S. President Donald Trump is slated to take place soon", observed an op-ed in the Global Times.

The massive plant is owned by Tong Ren Tang (同仁堂), the world's top producer of traditional Chinese medicines with a history that dates back more than three centuries. China has also banned imports of textiles from the North, while several countries have an embargo on selling them luxury goods.

Kim and his entourage departed from Beijing Railway Station on his special armored train later a little after 2 p.m. Wednesday, following the luncheon.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong (red-dotted) wave aboard a train to Beijing on Monday. Xi then threw a lavish banquet for Kim to celebrate his birthday, but state-run CCTV made no mention of Kim's visit.

Abe has previously said he wants a new start for Japan-North Korea ties, and has welcomed the talks between Trump and Kim as a step toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

During the visit, the North Korean leader met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and visited a pharmaceutical factory in southern Beijing, in addition to a high-tech economic development zone. This was a departure as the movements of the North Korean leader are usually reported after his trip is over and he has returned home safely.

"We will not loosen our guard until the promise to denuclearize the peninsula is kept and peace is fully institutionalized", Moon said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula in a second summit with President Donald Trump.

However, a meeting between Mr Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol has yet to be rescheduled after an abrupt cancellation in November.

Xi strongly supported Kim's meeting with Trump and hoped the two will find common ground, adding that China is ready to play a "positive" and "constructive" role in the process.

As Kim's armored train pulled into Beijing Railway Station on Tuesday, a few blocks away a USA trade delegation was hammering out differences with their Chinese counterparts in an effort to end the trade war between the two countries.

Xi was quoted as saying that China supports the U.S.

"The Sino-US trade negotiations are a matter between China and the US", he said.

The US administration has been keeping mum on the visit as well. "This means that China implemented the United Nations resolution well", he said.

Kim chose China for his maiden official trip overseas past year before holding meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump.

China is the North's main ally and key trade partner. Other times, he has praised China's efforts as interlocutor.

North Korea has a well-honed talent for playing the world's major players against one another, leading analysts to believe that Kim at this point may be using that skill for leverage to get what he wants from a second summit with Trump: both striking a deal with the U.S. and keeping his nuclear weapons.

"The Korean peninsula situation has been easing since a year ago, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all ... the DPRK side highly and sincerely appreciates the Chinese efforts", Kim said.

He did not elaborate what such an alternative path could be.

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