Kim Jong Un heads home via train after two-day Beijing visit

A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has told China he wants to "achieve results" on the peninsula's nuclear standoff, during a two-day visit to Beijing. Xi Jinping on Tuesday held talks with Kim Jong Un, who arrived in Beijing on the same day for a visit to China.

According to the official readout by China's Xinhua News Agency of Kim and Xi's meeting this week in Beijing, Xi "supported [North Korea] and the United States holding summits and achieving results".

The leaders were seen to have discussed North Korea's plans for a second summit with U.S. President Trump.

He went on to say that North Korea would be, "sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue".

Kim chose China for his maiden official trip overseas a year ago before holding meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump.

He said that the second summit, and a return visit to Seoul by Kim, "will be other turning points that will firmly solidify peace on the Korean Peninsula".

He also credited Chinese President Xi Jinping with helping reduce regional tensions, saying 'the Korean Peninsula situation has been easing since past year, and China's important role in this process is obvious to all'.

Kim visited a pharmaceutical plant that makes traditional Chinese medicine on Wednesday and met Xi again for lunch before heading home.

Asked if China is seeking to use Kim's visit as leverage in trade negotiations with the USA, he added, "China's diplomacy incorporates rich and diverse contents".

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"Corresponding measures must be devised in order to facilitate North Korea's continued denuclearization efforts", he added, such as the USA agreeing a "peace regime" and formally declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Mr Moon said North Korea should take more concrete steps, such as abandoning its intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and dismantling weapons production lines and other nuclear complexes, to secure U.S. concessions such as sanctions relief.

"China has been an important force in promoting the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and peace and stability on the peninsula", said Lu.

Kim met for one hour with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday - believed to be the North Korean leader's birthday - and the two later dined with their wives at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Lu continued, "China supports the two sides in continuing with their dialogue and striving for positive outcomes".

We can safely assume that Kim Jong-un has known all along that America wouldn't be abandoning their own nuclear weapons arsenal or unilaterally pulling all of our troops out of South Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea should take bold steps towards denuclearisation, such as abandoning long-range missiles, to extract United States concessions amid a prolonged stalemate in their nuclear negotiations.

North Korea has carried out six nuclear blasts and launched missiles capable of reaching the whole of the United States, but has carried out no such tests for more than a year, and blew up the entrances to a nuclear testing ground it said it no longer needed.

Recently, China may be doing more of the latter, says James Kim, pointing to ongoing rumours of "de facto loosening of sanctions implementation in China".

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