North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may visit China as early as Tuesday (Jun 19) to brief President Xi Jinping on last week’s summit with US President Donald Trump, according to Japanese reports. China retains a strong influence in North Korea AFP/KCNA VIA KNS Kim is expected to fly into Beijing and security preparations are already underway, Japan’s Nikkei business daily quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying. If confirmed, it would mark the third time Kim has visited China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign visit as leader. Citing diplomatic sources, Japanese news agency Kyodo said a “high-ranking North Korean official, possibly Kim” was due to visit Beijing by air. Kim is seeking relief from economic sanctions in return for his pledge to denuclearise and is believed to seek support from China for that, the Nikkei said in a dispatch from Beijing. Following the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore exactly a week ago, China suggested the UN Security Council could consider easing the economic punishment of its Cold War-era ally. China was not a direct player in the negotiations in Singapore but retains a strong influence behind the scenes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo… Read full this story
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