Chinese Foreign Minister Meets with Kim Jong Un Amid Warming Ties

May 7, 2018

Hong Kong (CNN) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rare visit to Pyongyang on Thursday (May 3rd), according to Chinese state media. The meeting, Kim's third with a top Beijing official in just over a month, is another indication of the warming relations between the two fractious allies, with Wang praising North Korea's commitment to denuclearization during his two-day visit. The visit is the first official high-level contact between Beijing and Pyongyang since the historic Inter-Korean summit on April 27, which saw the leaders of the two Koreas agree to an ambitious agenda of peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

 

Following the success of the summit, planning is now underway for US President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un within a month to further discuss the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. "The inter-Korean summit has brought a favorable opportunity for a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue," Wang said in Pyongyang Wednesday, according to statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

 

Both men discussed plans to move relations between Beijing and Pyongyang to a "new high stage" following the earlier meeting between Xi and Kim in March, state media said. Wang also visited and signed the guest book at the Sino-Korean Friendship Tower in Pyongyang, according to KCNA, where a moment of silence was observed for the Chinese soldiers who were killed fighting during the Korean War. Wang said China was willing to do its part in working for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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