Beijing's coded message of support for denuclearisation

Aaron Brown
June 22, 2018

Three of the North Korean officials who attended Kim's summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last week - former spy chief Kim Yong-chol, foreign minister Ri Yong-ho and vice-chairman of the WPK Ri Su-yong - were also present at his meeting with Xi on Tuesday.

For 17 years, Hyeonseo Lee lived under the thumb of the brutal and isolated regime in North Korea.

It's been more than a decade since North Korea turned over the remains of American troops missing from the Korean War.

On Tuesday, Kim and Xi were reported by North Korean media to have reached an understanding on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the U.S.

Trump has repeatedly made clear his intention to avoid insulting Kim Jong Un in the days since the summit, most evident in his push to halt what he called "provocative" joint military exercises with South Korea. Xi said China is pleased that "the momentum for dialogue and easing of situation on the Korean Peninsula has been effectively strengthened", according to Xinhua. So far the remains of 334 servicemen have been identified from the bones and personal effects handed over by Pyongyang, and about 5,000 more are thought to be scattered around North Korean territory.

Moon's office said he made the remarks to Russian media ahead of his trip to Moscow later this week.

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During a rally on Wednesday night in Duluth, Minnesota, Trump described his meeting with Kim as "an incredible success". Washington officially broke off the program because it claimed the safety of its searchers was not guaranteed, though the North's first nuclear test, in 2006, was likely a bigger reason. Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, accompanied Kim on his tour. Though China surely wants a nuclear-free North Korea, one day, its immediate aim is getting Kim on side and North Korea stable. Gawking pedestrians watched the passing motorcade, which included Kim's limousine - a black Mercedes with gold emblems on the rear doors - as well as several minibuses and 15 motorcycle police clad in white suits.

Mr. Kim promised Mr. Xi close cooperation in securing "true peace" and the "opening a new future" on the Korean Peninsula, reported the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

China has pressed North Korea to adopt economic reforms and has touted the prospects of increased trade and investment if Pyongyang makes progress in talks on abandoning its nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs. Recent threats by President Trump on trade that aggravate and harm U.S.

While the exact date and location of the transfer has yet to be finalized, officials told CNN the Trump administration will be ready for the ceremony as soon as next week if North Korea moves on the arrangements that quickly. "He knows that Xi is the Asian Godfather", said Yanmei Xie, a China policy analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, an economic research firm in Beijing.

On Wednesday, Kim visited a national agricultural technology innovation park under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and the Beijing rail traffic control center.

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