U.S. expects China to push N. Korea to denuclearization

Xi urges Trump to consider N. Korea's 'reasonable security concerns': state media

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un have both indicated their willingness for a summit. "And with the help of China, South Korea and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone", Trump added. "That is not convincing evidence of dismantling their nuclear program".

Separately, a senior State Department official told the reporters traveling with Pompeo the U.S. "will be listening for signs from North Korea that things have substantially changed since Kim declared on New Year's Eve that he would mass produce nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them".

Kim told Xi that North Korea does not need nuclear weapons as long as security threats and hostility against the nation are eliminated, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Chinese state media said Xi reiterated China's support for a U.S.

"I think very little is priced into actually good news coming out of North Korea, South Korea, so that could be an extra stimulus to Kospi going up", he said, referring to the country's key stock index.

Trump said shortly after news broke of the Xi-Kim meeting that he would be speaking with the Chinese leader to discuss North Korea and trade. Xinhua noted the "cordial and friendly atmosphere" of the visit in a write-up that stressed the strength of China-North Korea relations.

Trump and Kim are expected to meet later this month or early in June for talks that would have been almost unthinkable a year ago, when the two mercurial leaders were trading barbs and Pyongyang tested a barrage of missiles.

The secretive talks were only unveiled after their conclusion earlier in the day, as was the case when Kim took an unannounced train to Beijing in late March for his first ever trip overseas since rising to power in 2011.

The two leaders met on Monday and Tuesday.

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Moon Chung-in, an outspoken voice of South Korea's political left, is no stranger to controversy and has several times ignited a furor with remarks he made in the United States. It was not clear if Kim would meet Pompeo on Wednesday.

"These are the positive outcomes of the historic meeting between me and Comrade General Secretary", he said. The venue for their summit has not been announced.

Trump said that withdrawing USA forces from South Korea is "not on the table".

While Trump was at the White House announcing Pompeo's visit, Kim was paying a surprise visit of his own to China - his second in just over a month.

"Prof. Moon is obviously putting the onus of returning to subsidizing Kim Jong Un while the dictator lies and continues to advance his nuclear posture review on Trump; that is, Trump had better give Kim whatever he calls for, otherwise the summit will be a failure and Kim will return to his old "paranoid" ways of threatening nuclear war", said Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korean Studies professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK had shown images of two North Korean aircraft taxiing at Dalian's airport, one an Air Koryo plane and another carrying a North Korean emblem.

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