Kim and China's President Xi Talk Denuclearization, Peace in Korea


"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.

The removal of anti-U.S. posters and now souvenirs in North Korea may be linked to warming U.S-DPRK relations, culminating last week in a summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.

But they say, . the remains would ultimately be taken to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the U.S. Defense Department has a lab to identify missing service members.

With North Korea still struggling under United Nations sanctions, "China's political and economic support is still highly important", said Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

Xi reportedly praised the outcome of the Singapore summit, calling it an "important step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue", according to the party-controlled press.

China, which has positioned itself as the go-to partner in Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea, hopes to exploit its influence over Pyongyang as leverage to try to gain tariff concessions from Mr. Trump - amid few signs that the president and his hawkish trade advisers are ready to back down. More than 36,500 USA troops died in the conflict.

"In five years working in North Korea, I've never seen them completely disappear before", he added.

The U.S. has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute.

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North Korea has spent considerable effort and resources to develop the site as a "civilian space program" facility, denying that it has a military application, said Jenny Town, a research analyst at the 38 North. It said that those remains that Pyongyang has already identified as U.S. servicemen, thought be number about 200, would be repatriated at once.

While Pompeo was the head of the CIA, North Korea accused the organization of trying to assassinate Kim.

"They've said they want complete denuclearization".

Trump has repeatedly made clear his intention to avoid insulting Kim Jong Un in the days since the summit, most evident in his push to halt what he called "provocative" joint military exercises with South Korea.

"No matter the changes in the global and regional situation, China's party and government's resolute position on being dedicated to consolidating and developing Sino-North Korea relations will not change", he was quoted as saying. Kim said he was willing to bolster bilateral cooperation.

Former president Barack Obama supported South Korea's rejection of a nuclearized North Korea and said threats from North Korea would result in its isolation from the global community.

Pyongyang, which had pledged to return the remains of American soldiers unaccounted for since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean war, is expected to start transferring them in the coming days, Reuters reported, citing United States officials.