Chinese media have revealed that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un has been in China on an “unofficial visit”.
During the visit, Mr Kim held “historic talks”, with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the Xinhua news agency, Mr Kim said he was “committed to denuclearisation”.
Mr Kim was quoted as saying: “I have had successful talks with General Secretary Xi Jinping on developing relations between the two parties and the two countries, our respective domestic situation, maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and other issues.”
Mr Kim also said Pyongyang was “determined” to improve ties with South Korea and “willing” to hold a summit with the US.
President Xi said Kim’s current visit to China, which came at a special time and was of great significance, fully embodied the great importance the two have attached to the relations between their two countries.
This is Mr Kim’s first overseas trip since becoming leader in 2011.
The White House said that the Chinese government had contacted them, to brief them on the visit to Beijing by the North Korean leader.
A White House spokesman said, “The briefing included a personal message from President Xi to President Trump, which has been conveyed to President Trump. The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan.”
Mr Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, last visited Beijing in 2011 and did so aboard a train similar to the one spotted in the city on Monday.