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Kim Meets Xi Before Expected Meeting with Trump


People watch a TV news report about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kwak Sung-Kyung
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State media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met again. They were in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian on Monday and Tuesday.

It is the second meeting between Xi and Kim in recent weeks. Both meetings have come before the expected meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Neither leader spoke about the upcoming meeting with Trump or about last month’s meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

However, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported Xi as saying China “supports North Korea to stick to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the U.S. in solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation.”

Kim reportedly told Xi that North Korea has no need to possess nuclear weapons if a “relevant party” drops its “hostile policy and security threats.”

He was reported as saying “I hope to build mutual trust with the U.S. through dialogue.”

Trump wrote on Twitter that he planned to speak with Xi later in the day to discuss trade and North Korea. He wrote that “relationships and trust are building.” The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea immediately agree to denuclearization.

The Kim-Xi meeting was the top news story in North Korea. The country’s most famous television announcer Ri Chun Hui even came out of near retirement to report the event.

The 20-minute report did not show any pictures or videos of the visit. It said there was a “deep exchange of opinions” between Kim and Xi on the changes around the Korean Peninsula.

The report also said Kim’s younger sister was with him at the meeting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Dalian, Liaoning province, China in this picture released by Xinhua on May 8, 2018. Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via REUTERS
Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Dalian, Liaoning province, China in this picture released by Xinhua on May 8, 2018. Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via REUTERS

CCTV’s report, however, included images. It showed Xi wearing western business clothes and Kim in his traditional "Mao" clothing. The two leaders stood near the sea, sat under a covering on an outdoor area, walked through gardens and sat at a conference table.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that, at a key time when the area situation is developing quickly, “Kim said he came to China again to meet with [Xi] and inform him of the situation.”

I'm Ashley Thompson.

Hai Do adapted this story for Learning English based on reports by the Associated Press. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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Words in This Story

peninsula - n. a piece of land that is almost entirely surrounded by water and attached to a larger land area

dialogue - n. a discussion or series of discussions between two countries in order to end a disagreement

consultation - n. a discussion about something that is being decided

relevant - adj. relating to a subject in an appropriate way

mutual - adj. shared between two or more people or groups

garden - n. a public area with many plants and trees

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