North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes state visit to China

Jun 19, 2018, 14:59
North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes state visit to China

This week's visit would likely see Beijing reward Kim for his recent diplomatic overtures, Xie continued. Cameras captured what appears to be a motorcade including the leader's $1 million armored Mercedes.

However, in a sign Seoul may be open to suspending drills, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday his government would need to be flexible when it came to applying military pressure on North Korea if it was honest about denuclearization.

This trip would also make Xi the foreign leader to have met with Kim most regularly, underlining the close historical relationship between China and North Korea.

The agreement reached between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week failed to lay out a timeline for the denuclearization of North Korea, or provide details of how the US would verify North Korea's compliance.

When asked why the visit was announced during Kim's stay this time, Geng merely said that "specific circumstances around each visit have their own specific arrangements".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted a day after the summit.

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It is now urgent for Xi and Kim to discuss how North Korea will work towards meeting U.S. demands, said Beijing-based global relations commentator Hua Po. -South Korean relationship, and help maintain military readiness, USA military officials have said. He noted that unlike on previous visits, China's state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim's visit before his departure.

Kim is expected to be received by Xi in Beijing.

Last week, it emerged that Chinese authorities were blocking internet searches for all words and articles deemed overly critical of Kim, including the popular Chinese expression "Jin San Pang", translating as 'Fatty the Third'.

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Spending data for previous military exercises in Korea and elsewhere, however, suggest that the cost of a single exercise would be in the low or perhaps tens of millions of dollars in a USA military budget this year of almost $700 billion US.

The suspension of Ulchi-Freedom Guardian will not affect any Pacific exercises outside the Korean Peninsula, the Pentagon said, permitting the USA military to continue training with Japan and other partners in the region.

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Another expert said Kim's decision to visit China following his meeting with Trump did not come as a major surprise.

In return for the denuclearisation pledge, Trump made the shock announcement that he would stop joint military drills with South Korea, long seen as a provocation by Pyongyang and Beijing.

"The biggest concern of course is whether China [would] be excluded".

There was no immediate reaction from North Korea.

Kim arrived in Singapore and was flown back to Pyongyang in an Air China jet. This is Kim's second plane ride to China, according to NPR's Anthony Kuhn. "And the Chinese are probably pleased by it given their lack of other entry into the summit", Sen said.

Mr. Trump said after the summit in Singapore that he would suspend the us military's "war games" with South Korea unless and until the talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program break down.

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In addition to discussing last week's summit, Kim is expected to ask China for help in easing economic sanctions, in return for his pledge to denuclearise, according to Wang Dong, an worldwide relations expert at Peking University. "He got an equally broad security commitment from the United States, very vague", said Rice, who served in the Obama administration.

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