Kim Visits China for 4th Summit with President Xi
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he would take an “alternative path” if the United States kept his country under pressure and sanctions.
Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit on Tuesday, Chinese and North Korean media reported.
In a report earlier in the day, the official news agency of the North, the Korean Central News Agency [KCNA], said Kim had left the capital, Pyongyang, on Monday afternoon with his wife and a delegation of key diplomats, including Kim Yong-chol, who has led negotiations with the US and other countries in the past.
South Korea’s media reported earlier that a heavily armored train “possibly carrying a senior official” had crossed the North’s border into China on Monday.
The train entered China on Monday and arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
The South’s media also said that the visit coincided with Kim’s 35th birthday, on January 8.
The trip is Kim’s fourth to China since last year, when Pyongyang started unprecedented diplomatic engagement with other countries.
Kim’s last visit to China came days after he met with US President Donald Trump in a June summit in Singapore, where the two agreed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump recently said officials are working to arrange a second meeting between him and Kim.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team