Trump reacts to North Korea leader's surprise visit to China President

China and N Korea confirm Kim Jong-un visit

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, responding to a question Thursday about reports of such talks, said Japan has all along communicated with North Korea via multiple channels.

In an attempt to keep the visit under wraps earlier this week, China censored the characters for "Kim Jong Un" and "North Korea" from its internet - as well as longstanding nicknames for the North Korean leader, such as "Fatty Fatty".

A key objective for Beijing is to reassert its relevance to the talks, from which it has been excluded. China was not particularly happy with the North's nuclear tests. "It plays the China card, showing South Korea and the U.S.: China is still my ally". Cho told reporters that the desired items on the docket to discuss for both world leaders were "not too different", both allegedly seeking to discuss denuclearization and the establishment of what Cho called a "peace regime", according to the South Korean Joongang Daily newspaper.

Beijing fears the collapse of the regime in Pyongyang and the instability it would bring, potentially sending waves of refugees into China and heralding the possibility of USA troops stationed on its border in a unified Korea. Pyongyang past year seemingly sought to humiliate Beijing by timing some of its missile tests for major global summits in China.

Kim Jong Il had never been seen overseas with any of his wives, though he was believed to have been accompanied by the woman suspected of being his fourth wife on visits to China and Russian Federation, yet it was never announced officially. Xinhua said the trip ran from Sunday to Wednesday but appeared to include travel time from Pyongyang on the special armored train that Kim traveled on, which secretly arrived in Beijing on Monday and left Tuesday afternoon.

The video also shows Xi and Kim exchanging gifts, shaking hands and chatting with their wives.

According to the official summary of the visit released by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, the North Korean leader asked China to "jointly safeguard the trend of consultation and dialogue as well as peace and stability on the peninsula". By visiting Beijing now, Mr. Kim is sending a clear message: that he is serious about his offer of talks.

"Here is Xi Jinping saying, 'Don't worry, everything is going to be great, '" Glaser said.

A senior South Korean official says the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be shaped by discussions on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

In his reaction, Trump tweeted "For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility".




Christopher Green, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, pointed out that Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong-il travelled to Beijing to meet with the then Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in 2000, ahead of the first inter-Korean summit. "Look forward to our meeting!"

But the appointment of the hawkish John Bolton as national security adviser has heightened fears that the U.S. might resort to military action if Trump is disappointed by his meeting with Kim.

"Unlike his father, Kim Jong Un presented Ri Sol Ju as first lady of North Korea, emphasising her status and portraying his image as a normal leader", said Dongkuk University's Kim.

The current talks follow a surprise meeting this week between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim wore horn-rimmed glasses and was shown jotting down notes and speaking in a calm manner. They wanted the US off the peninsula so they could then absorb South Korea. North Korea's provocations also took a toll on relations with Beijing. The Xi-Kim meet could be a step in that direction if China agrees to be a balancing force and a facilitator of talks between the North and the U.S.

Reuters/Kevin LamarqueUS President Donald Trump speaks in front of his Trump Tower residence.

North Korea and China has both confirmed that Kim has met with Xi in an unofficial visit, and the Korean leader has arrived for his first known global trip last Sunday, March 25.

But despite Kim's commitment to denuclearization, many experts are concerned that his vision of denuclearization could complicate the us effort to denuclearize the North. China is unhappy about having an emerging nuclear menace at its doorstep, but also doesn't want to see a collapse of a next door government it sees as a buffer state against USA ally South Korea.

The developments are being interpreted as the North being desperate to break out of isolation and improve its economy after being squeezed by heavy sanctions.

It may also be that the North recognizes some hard realities.

"At least one of the things that Kim would want out of these meetings is a way forward to begin to ease those sanctions and support from China in that effort", said Glaser, the Asia expert.

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