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Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang´s sole major diplomatic friend

Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth visit to Pyongyang´s sole major diplomatic friend

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and vowed efforts to produce good results from his second summit with US President Donald Trump, Chinese media reports said Thursday. The first two summits were not reported until after Kim left China, and the third was disclosed on the second day of his visit.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government is "using various channels" to communicate with North Korea, including over a potential summit with Kim Jong Un.

South Korea's Yonhap, without identifying its sources, said the two leaders held talks for an hour in which they discussed the second US-North Korea summit and strengthening bilateral ties.

Xi agreed with the "principled issues" raised by North Korea in talks with the USA and that its "reasonable points of concern should be resolved properly", according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency. "Judging from the delegation lineup, the mission appears to place emphasis on North Korea's continuing diplomatic outreach and nuclear and security issues", Aoki said.

Trump and Kim reached an agreement to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", during their first meeting in June in Singapore.

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"On Secretary Pompeo's visit to North Korea, we don't have any travel to announce at all", US State Department spokesperson Katina Adams said in response to Radio Free Asia's request for comment Tuesday.

Tuesday was Kim's birthday but there was no word of any official celebrations. "China and the DPRK are friendly and close neighbours and it is also an important tradition for us to maintain friendly exchanges", Lu said, referring to North Korea's formal name. He also visited a pharmaceutical plant specialising in Chinese medicine.

The fact that Kim's visit came at the same time U.S. negotiators were in China to discuss an end to the trade war is also unlikely to be a coincidence, said Sangsoo Lee, head of the Stockholm-based Korea Center at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, adding that there could "political intention" behind it. The North Korean leader said in his New Year's address that he might take a "new path" in negotiations if Trump didn't ease trade, travel and investment restrictions.

Progress has been slow ever since as the North wants sanctions relief, while the United States remains firm that sanctions will remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons program.

"The US is translating Kim's trip to China as (part of) a war of nerves".

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Based on previous trips to China, Kim was expected to visit industrial facilities.

China is Kim Jong-un' major supporter and a principal trade collaborator.

United States strategic assets in the region involved not only North Korea, "but also overall stability and peace in Northeast Asia", Moon said. -China negotiations were extended another day to Wednesday.

However, after the June summit, progress between North Korea and the US stalled over fundamental disagreements on their respective definitions of "denuclearization" and a timeline for said denuclearization.

Trump had yet to respond to Kim Jong-un's China trip but tweeted Tuesday: "Talks with China are going very well!"

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