Japan should take 'more humble' attitude: S. Korea's Moon

11 January, 2019, 11:15 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • The train used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs from Beijing on Wednesday

Vietnam and Singapore are likely to be shortlisted to host a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the US President Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs Ministry officials said on condition of anonymity Thursday. "China hopes that the DPRK and the United States will meet each other halfway".

"In a word, Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to China is an indication that the second North Korea-U.S. summit is drawing near", Moon said.

He went on to say that North Korea would be, "sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue".

Officially, at least, China says it considers the tariff battle and North Korea's weapons programs to be entirely separate.

Kim chose China for his maiden official trip overseas a year ago before holding meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump. The visit is seen as China's intention to show the U.S.it can use North Korea as leverage in the trade negotiations.

He also said China would be ready to play a "positive and constructive role" towards maintaining peace and achieving denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, reported Xinhua.

The campaign on sanctions may be losing steam though, with North Korea importing $640m in luxury goods from China in 2017.

Kim visited a factory of Chinese traditional pharmaceutical company the next morning and returned to the state guest house.

Kim's visit coincides with his birthday, as well as the China-US trade talks, that started in Beijing on Monday.

Another US-North Korea summit would also expedite an unprecedented visit by the North Korean leader to Seoul, planned for a year ago but delayed amid the nuclear standoff, Mr Moon said.

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North Korea wants relief from the multiple sets of sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, while the USA wants the measures to remain in place until it gives up its arms - something Pyongyang has made no public promise to do.

All aboard: Kim's personal train which brought him to Beijing has pink leather chairs inside.

Kim has previously said his country has completed the development of its nuclear arsenal and Pyongyang has rejected demands for what it calls its "unilateral" disarmament as "gangster-like".

In the New Year speech, Kim focused on North Korea's moribund economy, saying that improving people's lives was his top priority and tackling energy shortages was an urgent task.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un departed for Pyongyang after visiting an industrial site in Beijing, Wednesday.

State media outlets in China and North Korea, in an unusual move, announced Kim's trip in advance, as a train carrying the North Korean leader and his entourage of senior officials crossed into China.

There was a "rare historic opportunity" for a political settlement on the peninsula, he added, and China "supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results". "This means that China implemented the United Nations resolution well", he said.

-China trade war. The U.S.

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

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea to take firmer disarmament measures and the U.S.to reward them, suggesting Thursday he'll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with the North.

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