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Kim Jong Un Has Visited China Again Ahead Of His Planned Meeting With Trump

President Trump tweeted after Kim's trip was confirmed to say "relationships and trust" are building with North Korea.

Last updated on May 8, 2018, at 10:05 a.m. ET

Posted on May 8, 2018, at 8:43 a.m. ET

The latest meeting between the two leaders took place in Dalian.
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The latest meeting between the two leaders took place in Dalian.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited China for the second time in as many months, Chinese state media has announced.

Kim held talks over the last two days with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the northern port city of Dalian.

BREAKING: Chinese President #XiJinping, DPRK top leader #KimJongUn holds talks in NE China's Dalian on May 7-8

He only visited China for the first time in March, which was thought to be his first-ever trip outside North Korea since he succeeded his father as supreme leader in 2011.

Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping at their first meeting in March.
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Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping at their first meeting in March.

President Donald Trump tweeted after the Kim–Xi talks were confirmed to say he would be speaking to the Chinese president shortly to discuss North Korea, where he said "relationships and trust are building."

I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China, this morning at 8:30. The primary topics will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building.

According to China's People's Daily newspaper, Kim told Xi nuclear power is "not a must-have" for North Korea, as long as "relevant parties eliminate hostile policies and security threats."

China is North Korea's only major ally but has supported UN sanctions against its neighbor over Pyongyang's nuclear tests and missile launches.

Last month Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a historic summit on the southern side of the heavily militarized border that separates the two countries — becoming the first North Korean leader to ever set foot on South Korean soil.

The two leaders repeated past pledges to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, in a summit that also laid the groundwork for President Trump to hold direct talks with Kim in an unprecedented meeting due to take place in the coming months.

Sweden has been suggested as a possible venue for the meeting, but Trump tweeted last month to say that he could meet Kim on the Korean border instead.

Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!


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