China Says North Korea’s Kim Pledges Denuclearization During Friendly Visit
China said, North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un assured his commitment to denuclearization and also to meet U.S officials after he met the country’s President Xi Jinping, who then promised his country would support friendship with its isolated neighbor. After 2 days speculation, both the countries confirmed that Kim was in Beijing and meet Xi Jinping what China called an unofficial visit.
Since Kim assumed power in 2011, this was his first trip outside North Korea and this trip is believed by the analysts that serve as a groundwork preparation for the forthcoming summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not mention any of Kim’s pledge to denuclearize or the meeting with U.S President Donald Trump sometime in May.
Traditionally, China has been North Korea’s closest and secretive ally, however, the ties had been wear out by its pursuit of nuclear weapons and tough U.N sanctions are backed by China in response. China’s Foreign Ministry cited Kim was telling Xi about the Korean peninsula that it was starting to improve as North Korea took the initiative to ease tension and forward the proposals for peace talks.
Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il, both of them promised not to pursue nuclear weapons but covertly operated programs to maintain them. In the previous failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up on its arsenal, provided, U.S removes its troops from South Korea and also withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.
In the visit, Kim said, “The issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.”
Kim’s visit was briefed to Trump and also the communication included a personal message from Xi Jin Ping to Trump, the White House said, “The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan. We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea.”