Special North Korean train enters China - Yonhap

08 January, 2019, 05:38 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The North Korean leader was on his way to the Chinese capital Tuesday - which is believed to be his 35th birthday - for his fourth summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping as talks on a second meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump gather steam.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk after lunch at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

But a source with intimate knowledge of North Korean affairs claimed Kim has travelled by train to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, South Korea's Hankyoreh newspaper reported.

The visits past year were widely seen as a courtesy to China and an opportunity to coordinate strategy ahead of the summits with the USA and South Korean leaders.

"With North Korea, we have a very good dialogue".

Dozens of security vehicles and officials blocked the roads around the train station in Dandong before the train passed, Yonhap reported.

The news agency added that Kim departed for China on Monday afternoon with his wife Ri Sol Ju and top officials.

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Kim said the NIS official said that Jo and his wife left the official residence in early November, weeks before his term was to end in late November.

Kim used a very distinctive armored train made especially for him on visits to China a year ago. Sanctions have been tougher, but North Koreans can buy coal whenever they want if they have money, the source said.

In an interview with CNBC, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised China's support for resolving the North Korean crisis and said he did not think the US trade dispute with Beijing would affect this.

Trump said Sunday the sanctions remain "in full force and effect" and would remain in place until Washington sees "very positive" results.

Kim's regime, however, has been bogged down by global sanctions caused by past nuclear and missile tests. The issue could be discussed during his trip to China this week, observers said. "Forcing the USA out of Korea, and out of East Asia, is more important to Beijing than reigning in on a self-confident or even provocative North Korea".

At the time, the two leaders signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but progress has since stalled with Pyongyang and Washington arguing over their agreement's interpretation.

North Korea's coal production rose from 2013 to 2016, but fell 30 percent to 21.66 million tonnes in 2017 from 2016, according to South Korean government data.

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