XI Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese president, held talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing yesterday.
The two leaders had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the current development of China-DPRK relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
They agreed to safeguard, consolidate and develop China-DPRK relations, and jointly push forward the sound momentum of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula to make a positive contribution to safeguarding world and regional peace, stability, prosperity and development.
Kim arrived in Beijing earlier in the day for a two-day visit. It was his third trip to China in just three months. Kim visited China in March and May when President Xi met with him in Beijing and Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province bordering the DPRK.
The visit came after Kim sat down face-to-face with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, marking the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit in history.
Kim and Trump agreed on complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in return for security guarantees for the DPRK.
Earlier in the day, the military authorities of South Korea and the United States announced the suspension of all planned activities for the Ulchi Freedom Guardian war games scheduled for August.
Meanwhile, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday South Korea shares with China the strategic goal of the Korean Peninsula’s complete denuclearization.
South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson Noh Kyu-duk told a press briefing that Seoul and Beijing continue to cooperate and share the strategic goal of the peninsula’s complete denuclearization and a lasting peace settlement.
He said the two nations have closely communicated and cooperated with each other on issues, including exchanges between South Korea and the DPRK, and between the DPRK and the United States.
The spokesperson said the government anticipates China’s constructive role in resolving issues and referred to DPRK leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to China.