Date
26 April 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and wife Ri Sol-ju inspect an honor guard on Monday before leaving Pyongyang for a visit to China. Photo: KCNA via Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and wife Ri Sol-ju inspect an honor guard on Monday before leaving Pyongyang for a visit to China. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

N Korea’s Kim visiting China for talks with Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday.

Kim left for China on a private train on Monday afternoon accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and other senior North Korean officials, including Kim Yong-chol and Ri Yong-ho, Reuters cited North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency as saying.

China’s official Xinhua news agency also confirmed the visit and said Kim is visiting China from Monday to Thursday, the report said.

Xinhua did not state the purpose of the visit.

The visit, first reported by South Korean media, comes amid reports of advanced negotiations for a second summit between Washington and Pyongyang.

Neither KCNA nor Xinhua provided further information on Kim’s itinerary, though South Korea’s Hankyoreh newspaper said on Monday that he will meet with China’s Xi for a fourth summit.

Kim traveled to China, his most important ally, three times to meet with Xi last year before and after summits with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim said last week in a New Year address he is ready to meet Trump again anytime to achieve their common goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but warned he may have to take an alternative path if US sanctions and pressure against the country continued.

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