The Latest: Kim reportedly committed to summit with Trump
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s trip to China (all times local):
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Chinese President Xi Jinping during Kim’s recent visit to Beijing that he was committed to setting up a second summit with President Donald Trump to “achieve results” on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.
The comments on Thursday were reported by China’s state media and came as Kim made his way back to the North on an armored train after meeting with Xi and touring China.
Xi was quoted as saying that China supports the U.S.-North Korea summits and hopes the two sides “will meet each other halfway.”
Kim reportedly said North Korea “will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation, and make efforts for the second summit between (North Korean) and U.S. leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community.”
Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June for the first-ever leaders’ meeting between their nations, but there has been a standoff ever since, with dueling accusations of bad faith.
South Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S. says he is hopeful that a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place.
Speaking at an event at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Ambassador Cho Yoon-je said he believes the two leaders will meet because “the train is already on the move.”
Cho added that the exact timing of the meeting was unclear. “But I don’t think it (train) can be stopped or reversed, at least in the near future, at least if something happens, which is unexpected at this point.”
Cho added that Kim’s visit to China this week is “quite a good sign for that.”
Trump said last week that he will be setting up a meeting with Kim “in the not-too-distant future” to restart talks about the North’s nuclear programs after their summit in Singapore last summer.
Kim Jong Un’s train has left Beijing after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital.
The long train was seen Wednesday travelling on an elevated track over a busy street heading toward eastern China.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency says it will take 14 hours for the train to reach the city of Dandong at the North Korean border.
Kim reportedly met Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip, which may have been a precursor to a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has headed out on the second full day of his visit to China.
Kim could not be seen but the limousine he uses was observed zipping east down a main thoroughfare in Beijing on Wednesday.
His trip to Beijing has been shrouded in secrecy. North Korean and Chinese state media have announced his visit but provided no details of what he has done since arriving by train on Tuesday morning.
China is North Korea’s only major ally, and Kim is likely consulting and coordinating with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and others ahead of a possible second summit with President Donald Trump.