North Korea to return US remains who died in Korean War

Pauline Gross
June 21, 2018

Xinhua said Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping for a second day of talks on Wednesday and cited Kim as saying the visit was an opportunity to "deepen the friendship" between the two leaders and advance bilateral ties.

A propaganda poster is displayed during a rally in support of North Korea's anti-American stance, on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on August 9, 2017.

In Beijing, Kim is likely to ask Xi to ease up on economic sanctions - something the United States strongly opposes.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Kim is in Beijing on his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbours.

Professor Su Hao of the China Foreign Affairs University said Mr Kim's visit was important especially given the concessions from Mr Trump to North Korea, including the softening of the USA stance on denuclearisation by not emphasising the need for it to be verifiable and irreversible. It was a clear sign of the restive state's ambitions to boost its economic engagement with Beijing, analysts said. The visits to the two locations were also reported by Chinese media.

"While North Korea agreed to nothing new, the United States took the unprecedented step to indefinitely suspend our joint military exercises with our ally", said Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpanel on Asia and Pacific issues.

He said he believes that under the joint efforts of both sides, China-DPRK relations will certainly benefit the two countries and the two peoples.

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Go Myong-hyun, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said Kim was aware he needed to have the sanctions lifted before he could start to attract foreign investment. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea still possesses hundreds of ballistic missiles, which have not been dismantled.

His reinstatement in 2013 - on the death of Kim's father, Kim Jong-il - was seen as evidence of the country's new leader's economic ambitions. In return Trump ordered the suspension of military exercises with South Korea, a longstanding demand of the Pyongyang regime.

The two leaders posed for the cameras along with their wives Ri Sol-ju and Peng Liyuan, before the North Koreans left for Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple reports suggest that the U.S.is preparing to receive the remains of the fallen soldiers, who died in the conflict on the Korean Peninsula over 70 years ago.

As well as visiting the agriculture academy, Pak visited a rail traffic control centre.

In addition to a joint statement at the summit that broadly expressed the North's commitment to "work toward" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Mr. Trump afterward agreed to suspend US military exercises with South Korea in what was widely seen as a major win for Pyongyang and its chief allies, China and Russian Federation.

The US defense secretary also is scheduled to discuss the details with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, who said the North faces a "decisive and dramatic choice" on whether to give up its nukes.

The official media of both countries did not say whether Kim and Xi discussed the prospect of easing United Nations sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, though analysts said it could have been part of the agenda.

Other reports by GizPress

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