Trump says will discuss trade, North Korea with China's Xi

Mike Pompeo on his way to North Korea to prepare summit, Trump says

Mike Pompeo on his way to North Korea to prepare summit, Trump says

A North Korean official on the Korean Central News Agency referred to the situation, stating "This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one".

He was also quoted as saying: "I hope to build mutual trust with the United States through dialogue".

It said as a mid-term benefit, China will serve as an "indispensable facilitator for a political and peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue". He has demanded that North Korea agree to give up its nuclear arsenal.

While the historic peace talks summit between North and South Korea at the end of April drew media attention, an activist and pastor has warned that without a focus on human rights, the developments are not an answered prayer for North Korean Christians.

State media said the two leaders met Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, a northern Chinese port city.

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A North Korean VIP airplane flew out of China on Tuesday, sparking speculation that Kim Jong Un may have made a secret visit to the country, Japanese media reported.

The meeting, XI and Kim occurred on the background training of the North Korean leader for a historic summit with the USA leader Donald trump.

Mr Trump tweeted that they will discuss trade, an area where he says "good things will happen".

"If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula", he said in written answers to questions submitted by the newspaper. As with the previous Xi-Kim meeting, there was no advance notice given, and the visit was only confirmed after Kim had left. Xinhua reiterated that Kim and Xi had "fully exchanged views and reached important consensus" on the Korean Peninsula issue at their first meeting.

Trump previously said a date and location for his summit with Kim have been selected, but he has not revealed those details.

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China has been North Korea's only ally in the region though their relations took a nosedive of late over Pyongyang's reckless nuclear ambitions and also China's enforcing of the United Nation's sanctions imposed on the latter to curb its tests.

At the summit, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.

China has also been eager to assert its importance in the process of lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Media reports Tuesday said Chinese President Xi Jinping may have met with a high-ranking North Korean official in the Chinese port city of Dalian amid tight security and the spotting of a North Korean airliner at the city's airport.

One of the planes seen in Dalian resembled the one used by Kim's sister and close aide, Kim Yo Jong, to travel to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in February.

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He said that what the world must remember is that there are as many as 30,000 Christian believers in concentration labor camps in North Korea, among many others, while another 70,000 Christians have to hide their faith and live in secrecy.

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