Beijing, March 28: After keeping it under wraps, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a visit to Beijing, and met Chinese President Xi Jinping.
An arrival of a special North Korean train and amid tight security in Beijing had led the media to believe Kim was in the country but neither Beijing nor Pyongyang let on until Wednesday morning when Xinhua news agency flashed the news.
The Chinese media termed Kim’s visit from March 25 to 28 “unofficial” and said the North Korean leader and Xi held bilateral talks regarding Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis.
Kim told Xi that the situation on the Korean Peninsula was improving, as Pyongyang has taken the initiative to curb tensions and decided to dialogue with Seoul and United States.
A reclusive Kim is slated to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month and US President Donald Trump in May on North Korea’s nuclear tests.
China is North Korea’s prominent ally. Their friendship dates back to the Korean War.
Xi underscored the Bejing-DPRK friendship, stating,”This is a strategic choice and the only right choice both sides have made based on history and reality, the international and regional structure and the general situation of China-DPRK ties. This should not and will not change because of any single event at a particular time.”
Xi Jinping says under the new circumstances, he is willing to keep frequent contacts with Kim Jong Un through various forms such as exchange of visits, and sending special envoys and letters to each other: Xinhua News
— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2018
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il,” Kim told Xi.
North Korea is willing to have the dialogue with the United States and hold a summit of the two countries, he added.
Meanwhile, Xi Jinping told Kim under the new circumstances, he is willing to keep frequent contacts with Kim Jong Un through various forms such as exchange of visits, and sending special envoys and letters to each other.