Kim Jong Un pays another visit to China

Denuclearisation talks have sputtered since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore in June 2018

On his trip to China, Kim was also accompanied by senior officials including Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers Party Kim Yong Chol and senior diplomat Ri Yong Ho, according to Korea Central Television.

Kim agreed to travel to Seoul for the first time as a North Korean leader "at an early date" during his summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in September.

The latest trip comes after U.S. and North Korean officials are believed to have met in Vietnam to discuss the location of a second summit between Kim and Trump following their first meeting in Singapore in June previous year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday, as preparations for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump continue.

"When I came here this country was heading to war with North Korea and now we have a very good dialogue going".

Dozens of security vehicles and officials blocked the roads around a train station in the Chinese border city of Dandong through which the train passed, according to Yonhap.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua later confirmed that Kim was visiting China from January 7 to January 10.

The train crossed the border around 10.15pm local time and was expected in the Chinese capital Tuesday morning, the Southern news agency reported, citing an informed source.

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Trump, who held a landmark summit with Kim in Singapore in June that resulted in a vaguely worded pledge "to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said last week that he had received a "great letter" from the North Korean leader but declined to reveal its contents.

Trump said the USA had "a very good dialogue" with North Korea, adding that he had "indirectly spoken" with Kim.

"They do want to meet and we want to meet and we'll see what happens".

In his New Year's speech last week, the North's leader warned that he could take a new way if the United States clings to pressure and sanctions on its regime. North Korea is notoriously secretive about such matters.

While there were no details released about the possible agenda in China, Mr. Kim has been seeking relief from global sanctions, a peace declaration to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War, and more economic investment.

"The defectors may not be as wealthy as South Koreans", Thae added.

In recent years, the lack of a reliable power supply led many North Koreans to install cheap household solar panels to charge mobile phones and light their homes.

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