The reports were floating and which was later confirmed about Kim’s arrival via a mysterious train and ahead of potential talks between the U.S. and South Korea over the country’s nuclear and missile programs denuclearization. Maintaining the tradition of China being North Korea’s closest ally.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing during a visit this week, according to Chinese and North Korean state media. The trip marks the first known time Kim has left North Korea since taking power in 2011.
Kim was in the country from Sunday to Wednesday. China’s state-run news agency aired footage of the two leaders touring Chinese government buildings and quoted Kim as saying, “We’re determined to turn South-North relationship into a cooperative one and holding a meeting between two leaders. We’re willing to hold dialogues with the U.S. and hold meetings between two leaders. If the South and the U.S. reacts with kindness, denuclearization could be solved.
The North’s diplomatic outreach came after an unusually provocative year when it conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and three ICBMs tests designed to target the U.S. mainland. The developments were interpreted as the North being desperate to break out of isolation and improve its economy after being squeezed by heavy sanctions.
Based on the media reports , Xi held talks with Kim at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and he and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet for Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju, Xinhua said. They also watched an art performance together.
Kim was quoted based on news agency as saying he is open to a “dialogue” and a “summit” with the U.S., although he did not mention Mr.DonalTrump by name.
Chinese media reported a heavy police presence Monday at a Beijing guest house where foreign leaders often stay. Roads were closed and streets cordoned off, only fuelling the idea that Kim had slipped into the Chinese capital. Tourists were cleared off Tiananmen Square, which normally only happens for important meetings.
Recent activities of North Korea post-sanctions and the outrage of world countries over the haywire behaviors on nuclear weapon program makes evident that the county is looking towards talk and to further add, the country seems to not in the position to further go through any economic damage which is already in bad shape. North Korea seems to be settling towards to recover from its wounds which as no stand in the development of country’s welfare.
Recent Russia’s isolation and warm relationship with UK and USA ,and China presidential election result making Xi indefinite president tenure shows the North Korea traditional allies are in sour, who are in no situation to be benevolent to North Korea at this point.