Kim Jong Un visits China's 'Silicon Valley' during Beijing trip

Xinhua News Agency in Beijing. Kim was making his first known trip to a foreign country since he took power in 2011

Kim's visit, now confirmed by China's state news agency, means that he is preparing for a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, followed by a summit with President Trump, where denuclearization will be the ultimate goal.

The trip was Mr Kim's first known journey overseas since he assumed power in 2011 and was believed by analysts to serve as preparation for upcoming summits with South Korea and the United States.

However, Yun said Kim apparently had a different definition of denuclearisation - which includes the removal of USA nuclear weapons and troops from the peninsula - and "there are many preconditions before North Korea actually starts its own measures to denuclearise". "It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il", Kim told Xi.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China.

In his discussions with Mr. Xi, Mr. Kim reaffirmed his intention to meet with the two leaders, according to Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.

Kim Jong Un was reportedly in China between march 25 - 28th.

In November, North Korea tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) yet, which it said was capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to any U.S. target and appeared to meet a goal set for the country's weapons program.

In his new year's message this year, Kim said from now on the nation would mass-produce its own nuclear weapons and speed up their deployment.

Though allies, the China-North Korean relations went through some testing times since Kim took over as the supreme leader of the country as he pressed ahead with his nuclear programme disregarding caution from Beijing.




Widely read Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times praised the meeting as proving naysayers wrong about Beijing-Pyongyang relations. Kim, rumored to have had a fear of flying, traveled to China on a green-and-yellow armored train that was also used by his son this week.

China released footage and pictures of the Xi, Kim summit a day after the meeting was held.

Mr Xi appeared to board the train to greet the North Korean leader in one of the carriages, with one of his assistants presenting Mr Kim with a bunch of flowers for his wife, Ri Sol Ju, who was behind him.

Trump also wrote about the matter early Wednesday on Twitter.

"Pyongyang needs to deal with the negative consequences created when it developed its nuclear weapons, and recover its relations with China, and improve relations with the US, South Korea and even Japan".

"When China supported worldwide sanctions imposed against North Korea, some experts speculated that Beijing no longer considers Pyongyang its ally".

Kim's visit comes just weeks after China's rubber-stamp parliament voted to abolish term limits, effectively allowing President Xi Jinping to rule the superpower indefinitely.

The North Korean leader said that many important changes have taken in the Korean Peninsula where the situation is developing rapidly and he felt he should come in time to inform Xi in person the situation "out of comradeship and moral responsibility".

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