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Kim Jong-un leaves China with 'backing for second Trump summit'

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A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing

China is North Korea's only major ally, and Kim is likely consulting and coordinating with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and others ahead of a possible second summit with President Donald Trump.

He revisited the idea of getting exemptions from sanctions to speed up the regime's process, . but also said ultimate sanctions relief depends on the speed of the North's denuclearization. He went on to say that North Korea would be, "sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue". But he also urged the US President to consider issuing a formal declaration which would officially end the 1950-53 Korean War, which he suggested would encourage Kim to scrap its nuclear weapons.

Kim travelled to China - his most important security and trade partner - before meetings a year ago with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim was accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol Ju, the news agency said.

Xi told Kim that that China supports the U.S.

By inviting Kim to meet him in China before a summit with Trump, Xi may be sending a message to Washington that "Beijing still has leverage over Pyongyang", according to Lim.

"Kim needs the support of Xi so as to ask the United States to make substantial steps, such as providing assistance to North Korea and normalising relations with North Korea".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong (red-dotted) wave aboard a train to Beijing on Monday.

He used the opportunity to urge North Korea to take relevant bold steps on denuclearization if it wants sanctions lifted.

At their first meeting in Singapore in June, Kim and Trump signed a vaguely worded document with Kim pledging to work towards the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

At Tuesday's daily Foreign Ministry briefing, spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing remains supportive of efforts to end tensions over US demands for a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

With over 90 percent of North Korea's trade volume flowing through China's borders, Xi can control the faucet of North Korea's economy better than Trump by choosing to enforce those sanctions or take a more relaxed approach.

Speaking at a New Year's press conference, Moon ruled out the possibility of North Korea's denuclearization and a potential peace treaty being linked to the United States military presence in South Korea, Japan and the Pacific.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea should take bold steps towards denuclearisation, such as abandoning long-range missiles, to extract United States concessions amid a prolonged stalemate in their nuclear negotiations. His delegation was seen off by high-ranking Chinese officials and honour guard at a Beijing train station and could return to North Korea as soon as Thursday morning, Yonhap said.

The massive plant is owned by Tong Ren Tang (同仁堂), the world's top producer of traditional Chinese medicines with a history that dates back more than three centuries. Ltd., where he watched production processes.

During the summit Kim met with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a welcoming ceremony.

During his trip to Beijing, Xi hosted a dinner reception for Kim on Tuesday night, the 35th birthday of the North Korean leader.

Those demands were in response to Pyongyang's initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation that included dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.

"We always believe that, as key parties to the Korean Peninsula issue, it's important for the two sides to maintain contact and we always support their dialogue to achieve positive outcomes", Lu said.

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