Kim Jong Un con­cludes sur­prise visit to China ahead of planned sum­mit with Trump

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hamed Samir

North Korean Pres­i­dent Kim Jong-un made his first for­eign trip, since as­sum­ing power in 2011,to meet with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in Bei­jing. They dis­cussed the up­com­ing sum­mit with US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump and de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion, Chi­nese state me­dia re­ported.

Ear­lier in March, the White House an­nounced that Trump had ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to meet Kim.

Ac­cord­ing to state-owned China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV), the three­day visit, which took place from Sun­day to Wednesday, came at XI’s in­vi­ta­tion.

More­over, the two sides thor­oughly ex­changed views on the global sit­u­a­tion and the Korean Penin­sula.

Xi said China views the changes tak­ing place on the Korean Penin­sula pos­i­tively, adding that China is com­mit­ted to the goal of de­nu­cle­aris­ing the penin­sula, and solv­ing prob­lems through di­a­logue.

Kim said North Korea has taken the ini­tia­tive to ease ten­sions and put for­ward pro­pos­als for peace talks.

He added that the de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion is­sue will be re­solved if South Korea and the United States re­spond to North Korean ef­forts in good faith.

On Wednesday Trump tweeted that he re­ceived a mes­sage from Xi regarding Kim’s visit.He added that Xi told him his meet­ing with Kim went “very well” and that “KIM [sic] Looks [sic] for­ward to his meet­ing with me.” The Amer­i­can pres­i­dent also ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the North Korean leader will act in his peo­ple’s best in­ter­ests.

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