North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an unannounced visit to China’s coastal city of Dalian yesterday, Reuters reports, where he met with President Xi Jinping for the second time in a month.
On the agenda for discussions was the proposed denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, ahead of a historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in June.
Xi said he had hopes for “phased” and “synchronised” measures to be taken by powers involved in the negotiations to ensure lasting peace in the region.
The Chinese president also held a phone call with Washington, where both Trump and himself stressed the importance of maintaining sanctions on North Korea during the denuclearisation process.
State media quote Xi as saying that he “hopes the United States and North Korea can build mutual trust, synchronise actions, resolve each sides’ concerns through meeting and consultations, consider North Korea’s reasonable security concerns, and jointly promote the political resolution process to the Korean Peninsula issue.”