Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

North Korea's Kim briefs China's Xi on Trump summit

North Korea's Kim briefs China's Xi on Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018. As NPR's Anthony Kuhn notes, Chinese state media have even publicly announced this third visit with Kim still in the country.

Kim praised China's "important role in protecting the Korean Peninsula's peace and stability", state-run CCTV said. "We believe that sanctions itself is not an end and all parties should support and coordinate with the current diplomatic efforts and dialogue to work hard for denuclearisation and political settlement of the Korean peninsula issue", he said.

Kim told Xi his summit with Trump "achieved results that are in line with the interests of all parties and the expectations of the global communities", according to CCTV.

Trump and Kim pledged in a joint summit statement to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

While opinions about the success of that summit for the U.S. and North Korea remain divided, most agree that China ended up as the real victor in Singapore with Trump announcing the suspension of joint military drills with South Korea, calling the exercises "provocative", and even alluding to pulling United States troops out of the Korean Peninsula. The government has said only that the UN Security Council - where China and the USA both wield vetoes - should revisit sanctions after Kim's commitment to "complete denuclearization" with Trump last week. This approach advances the US objective of achieving a diplomatic solution in the Korean Peninsula, where available military options would cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and could lead to a nuclear war.

Neither China or North Korea have released details about what the trip is for or an itinerary.

"There may be differences ahead between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States in regards to denuclearisation, because the U.S. wants irreversible and verifiable denuclearisation". That's on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong Un.

Tuesday's visit shows that "China is indispensable to the entire Korean nuclear issue", he said. We will miss him in the office and even more on the road.

Sue Mi Terry, a Korea expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post that Kim's recent engagement in diplomacy with frequent visits to China and meetings with Xi, rather than phone calls, made sense.

Analysts saw the summit outcome as a sign of China's influence. For its part, China has been warning of strong retaliation.

During a joint press conference with Pompeo, Wang said China would like the USA and North Korea to see the summit as?a new starting point? from which they can?maintain a momentum of dialogue and consultation, accommodate each other's legitimate concerns, and work with other parties to advance the process of denuclearisation and the political settlement of the peninsula issue?.

"Our government hopes China will play a constructive role in resolving this problem", ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-deok told a regular briefing.

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