Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks, reaching important consensus

A vehicle in the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing China on Jan 9 2019

After his surprise visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left with backing for a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, state media said.

A motorcade left Beijing's Diaoyutai guest house for foreign dignitaries early on Wednesday, with a high police presence and traffic blocked for the convoy.

But Hua said Kim's visit would have a "limited" effect on the trade negotiations.

"[North Korea would] make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and United States leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the worldwide community".

"The Korean peninsula situation has been easing since previous year, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all ... the DPRK side highly and sincerely appreciates the Chinese efforts", Kim said. -North Korea summit and expressed hopes of further improvements in diplomatic ties and steps toward denuclearization of North Korea.

The US is refraining from negative comments on Kim's trip because China has been tough on the enforcement of United Nations sanctions against North Korea and trade talks with Beijing are going smoothly, said Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

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The unannounced trip was largely shrouded in secrecy.

Tuesday was also Kim's birthday. In his speech, he warned that Pyongyang may change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions.

Among those in Kim's entourage were Kim Yong-chol, a key nuclear negotiator with the US, and North Korea's foreign and defense ministers, Yonhap noted.

Kim has previously said his country has completed the development of its nuclear arsenal and Pyongyang has rejected demands for what it calls its "unilateral" disarmament as "gangster-like".

Mr Xi said China supported North Korea and the U.S. "holding summits and achieving results, and supports relevant parties resolving their respective legitimate concerns through dialogue".

"In order to resist the high pressure of the USA, he must communicate with Xi in advance to see what steps he can take to deal with Trump", Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP.

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Discussions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal have stalled since Mr Kim and Mr Trump's high-profile summit in Singapore in June where they issued a vaguely worded declaration about denuclearisation.

Mr Kim had said in his annual new year's speech in January that he remained committed to denuclearisation, but warned that he would change course if United States sanctions remained.

The visit coincides with negotiations between USA and Chinese officials in Beijing to resolve a bruising trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

According to North Korean's official KCNA agency China supported the North's position.

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, 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 China would affect this.

Meanwhile, the United States and China have agreed to a temporary ceasefire on new tariffs at the G20 meeting, amid an escalating trade war between them.

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In Seoul, Moon said other potential measures North Korea could take included abolishing intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and dismantling weapons production facilities and other nuclear sites.

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