North Korea's Kim Jong-un Reportedly Leaves Beijing by Personal Train

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A vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heads to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Tuesday.

Kim and his entourage departed from Beijing Railway Station on his special armored train later a little after 2 p.m. Wednesday, following the luncheon.

US President Donald Trump, who often comments on diplomatic issues and his accomplishments via Twitter, had not mentioned the summit between Kim and Xi as of Wednesday.

North Korean state media reported Thursday that Xi accepted Kim's invite to visit, but this was conspicuously absent from Chinese media reports.

Chinese and North Korean state media reported earlier Thursday that Kim told Xi that he's committed to setting up a second summit with Trump to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong Un arrived on January 8 on an unannounced visit to Beijing for talks with President Xi Jinping, as preparations ramp up for an expected second summit with Donald Trump.

North Korea will 'continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation, ' Xinhua quoted Kim as saying.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, asked during a daily briefing whether there was a connection between Kim's visit and the possibility of another meeting between Kim and Trump, said China believed contact between the United States and North Korea was important.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing Tuesday in Beijing that Kim's visit had no bearing on USA trade talks.

China benefits greatly from having a stable North Korea on their border as a buffer zone between them and the more western oriented South Korea.

Kim also said North Korea hopes its "legitimate concerns" will be given due respect, a reference to its desire for security guarantees and a possible peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

His trip to Beijing has been shrouded in secrecy.

Xi has yet to visit North Korea since taking office in 2012.

His approval rating hit stratospheric levels during the first set of summits past year between himself and Kim, and later between the North Korean and USA leaders in Singapore.

"We welcome North Korea's intention to resume their operation without conditions or compensation", Moon said.

Before Kim's first visit to China last March, the relationship between Kim and Xi was anything but warm - they kept each other at arm's length despite years of propaganda claiming the two countries were as close as "lips and teeth".

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"The US is translating Kim's trip to China as (part of) a war of nerves".

Following their meeting in Singapore where Kim and Trump signed a vaguely-worded document pledging work towards the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", progress has stalled, with Pyongyang and Washington unable to agree on what that means. His visit is also seen as part of an effort to win Chinese support for a reduction of United Nations sanctions imposed over his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which have severely impacted his country's already ailing economy.

"I think Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to China will have a very positive effect on the success of the second U.S".

In the New Year speech, Kim focused on North Korea's moribund economy, saying that improving people's lives was his top priority and tackling energy shortages was an urgent task.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for photos with NK leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju in Beijing on Wednesday.

U.S. strategic assets in the region involved not only North Korea, "but also overall stability and peace in Northeast Asia", Moon said.

Multiple diplomatic sources have said that the Vietnamese government has said it desires to host the second North-U.S. summit.

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