China hopes North Korea and US meet each other halfway: President Xi to Kim

Kim meets President Xi in Beijing Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Beijing, China Jan 10, 2019, 06.53 AM (IST)

 North Korea's state media KCNA reported today that Kim Jong-un's visit to China led to in-depth discussions with President Xi on how to "jointly study and steer" the situation on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation talks.

Kim reportedly told Xi that there is no change in North Korea's stand towards the agreement reached with President Trump in the Singapore summit in June last year.

Meanwhile, China's state media Xinhua news agency said Xi told Kim that "political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity." 

"China supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results, and supports relevant parties resolving their respective legitimate concerns through dialogue", Xi told Kim according to the Chinese state media.

Kim had visited China on Monday travelling in a private train to meet Xi who he had met three times last year even as he held summit meeting with US President Trump and  South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim was accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, and senior North Korean officials.

"China hopes that the DPRK and the United States will meet each other halfway," Xi reportedly told Kim during the meeting, adding that  China stands ready to play a "positive and constructive role to maintain peace and stability and achieve denuclearisation on the peninsula."

Kim said he will "make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and US leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community". Kim's meeting with Xi comes ahead of the expected second summit with President Trump due to take place this year.

Xinhua news agency said both leaders had a "cordial and friendly" meeting and pledged to make joint efforts to promote development.

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China's state media Xinhua news agency said Xi told Kim that "political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity."