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North Korea train ‘carrying Kim Jong-un’ makes secret trip to China

North Korea train ‘carrying Kim Jong-un’ makes secret trip to China

While no date for the second Kim-Trump summit has yet been set, nor has a location been decided, South Korean daily the Munhwa Ilbo reported Monday that the meeting could take place in Hanoi.

The second day of trade negotiations coincided with an unannounced visit by North Korea's Kim for talks with Xi in Beijing, amid speculation of a second meeting between Kim and Trump.

The trip - Kim's fourth to China since March - suggests negotiations over North Korea's nuclear arsenal may be regaining momentum after months without high-level diplomatic meetings.

North Korea rarely reports such visits until they are over.

The United States, meanwhile, is expected to carefully watch whether North Korea's negotiating strategy will change after Kim's four-day visit to China from Monday, amid speculation that the U.S. and North Korean leaders will meet again early this year.

The trip began under the usual veil of secrecy and Kim has not been spotted in public since a motorcade believed to be carrying the North Korean entourage left a Beijing train station under heavy security early on Tuesday.

His presence in Beijing is a sign that serious preparations are underway for the second Trump-Kim summit, which Mr Trump has said will happen soon.

With its relations with Pyongyang remaining at an impasse, the United States has become anxious that China may seize the initiative on denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, pundits say.

The visit comes a week after Kim warned in a New Year's speech that Pyongyang may change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday on US television that "there's a very good chance that we'll get a reasonable settlement that China can live with, that we can live with and that addresses all the key issues".

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Trump recently said that he will meet Kim again in the "not too distant future", after the North Korean leader sent a letter to the United States president saying he is "always ready" to strike an agreement with Washington.

A stretch limousine with a golden emblem, similar to one North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has used previously, is seen leaving the train station with a convoy in Beijing, China.

Acting North Korean Ambassador to Italy Jo Song-gil, who disappeared with his family last November, escaped to a third country but was discovered by Italian intelligence officials and taken back to Italy to be placed in protective custody, the Corriere della Sera reported Saturday.

"[Mr] Kim is eager to remind the Trump administration that he does have diplomatic and economic options besides what Washington and Seoul can offer", Harry J Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the Centre for the National Interest told Reuters.

US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Meanwhile, Thae Yong-ho, the former deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom who fled to South Korea in 2016, wrote in an open letter to Jo on his blog, "My wife and children remember the guided tour you took us on. when we visited Italy in January of 2008".

"With Chinese and U.S. officials meeting to discuss how to end the growing trade war between the two superpowers, it shows Beijing clearly has a North Korea card to play if it sees fit".

"Their behavior has demonstrated that as well and we appreciate that".

Kim will be spending more time in the neighboring country compared to his two previous trips, which lasted for two days each.


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