Kim meets China's president ahead of Trump summit

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State media said the two leaders met Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, a northern Chinese port city.

The second meeting with Xi and the lack of details on the Trump-Kim summit - a time and location have still not been set, although Trump has said an announcement is coming soon - has raised speculation among analysts that the summit preparations may have hit a snag.

Trump and Kim are expected to meet in June to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim made his maiden foreign tour by travelling to Beijing by train in March.

Kim was quoted as saying Monday by China's official news agency Xinhua: "I hope to build mutual trust with the US through dialogue".

"This embodies the great importance that Comrade Chairman and the WPK Central Committee have attached to the relations between the two parties and the two countries, and to their strategic communication".

"I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China, this morning at 8:30". It said the West's viewpoint that China was afraid of getting sidelined in the diplomatic parleys that are being conducted between North Korea, South Korea and the United States was "misleading" since China had a fundamentally indispensable role in achieving peace in the peninsula.

Mr Kim is quoted as saying: "These are the positive outcomes of the historic meeting between me and Comrade General Secretary (Xi)".

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"Xi held talks with Kim and hosted a welcome banquet for him".

Kim also said that they wanted to turn the DMZ, now the most heavily defended border on the planet, into a guenuine peace zone.

The meeting held in Dalian is the second one between the two leaders.

The meeting rightfully garnered global attention, and it was the first time a sitting North Korean leader had stepped foot in South Korean territory since the Korean War began.

The talks come amid a flurry of diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula, including a landmark summit in late April between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Xinhua also paraphrased Kim as giving the slightest hint of what sort of outcome we can expect from the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

The two sides have stepped up engagement since Trump surprised the world in March by saying he would be willing to meet Kim in a bid to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States.

Kim visited Dalian on Monday and Tuesday, Xinhua reported on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT).

It was not known how long the Xi-Kim meeting had been planned or why Dalian was chosen. (This talking point is usually followed by a post or comment from a hand-selected Syrian or Libyan who supports the Washington consensus on bombing or invading said country.) There is, of course, no uniform voice of Syrians or Libyans or Koreans-or any large group of people-and, indeed, many Koreans are skeptical of Pyongyang's motives. "Both sides have pressure as the implementation date of tariffs related to the 301 investigation draws near", Yong added.