N. Korean leader holds another summit with Xi Jinping

24 2018 Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs shakes hands with Susan Thornton acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Speaking about his summit with Trump, Kim expressed hope that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea) and the United States would build mutual trust through dialogue.

"Secretary Pompeo is on his way to North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un", Trump said after he made remarks about the USA withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. officials say Pompeo will press North Korea for the release of three detained American citizens, whose imminent release Trump has been hinting at. "We'll talk about it again today. We will think it will be a great success".

Kim's trip to the northeastern port city of Dalian was his second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era allies to mend relations that have chilled as Beijing has supported United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities.

Pompeo told reporters aboard his plane that his first visit was to test the seriousness of North Korea's pledges to South Korea on easing tensions.

The two leaders are also expected to reach agreements on such matters as establishing a bilateral public-private body in consideration of China's Belt and Road mega economic zone initiative.

But despite Trump's indication of an imminent release, Pompeo said that the plans have not been finalized.

The Yomiuri ShimbunLeaders of Japan, China and South Korea are expected to focus on North Korea's denuclearization at a trilateral summit in Tokyo on Wednesday morning. "This meeting is one that carries the will of President Trump and State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un", she said, using Kim's formal title. Some 28,500 USA forces are based in the allied nation, a military presence that has been preserved to deter North Korea since the war ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

While China and North Korea have always been allies, their diplomatic relationship grew rocky following Kim's rise to power in 2011.

The meeting, held over Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, is the second between the two men in recent weeks following Mr Kim's visit to Beijing in March, his first since taking power six years ago.

Intense secrecy typically surrounds high-level North Korean visits to China, and this week's trip was no different.

Kim expressed hope that trust would be established by the upcoming summit between him and President Donald Trump and that "relevant sides would take phased and synchronous measures in a responsible manner so as to comprehensively advance the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue and eventually achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the peninsula", Xinhua reported.

American negotiators, led by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, issued a lengthy list of demands, according to people familiar with the talks that the White House later called "frank" discussions. Together, they also took a stroll and attended a luncheon. Abe has hewed closely to Trump's call for maintaining "maximum pressure" to induce Kim to give up his nuclear weapons and missiles, whereas China and South Korea have sought gestures to encourage compromise by Kim.

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