North Korea Reportedly Offered To Abandon A Critical Weapon

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived here on Tuesday for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping to chalk out his next course of action after his historic summit with US President Donald Trump where it was agreed to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

A motorcade was spotted leaving the Beijing airport early Tuesday, with Kim believed to be inside.

Following the Kim-Trump summit, China hinted that some sanctions relief could be considered if North Korea takes denuclearization steps, and that for Beijing the sanctions are not the goal in themselves. "China will continue to play a positive role in this process", Wang added.

"He understands that Xi Jinping is the godfather in this region and he's going to Beijing to pay his respects", said Yanmei Xie, a Beijing-based China policy analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics.

At the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim agreed in a vaguely worded statement to work "towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" while committing to a "lasting and stable peace".

The report suggests that during the meeting with Xi and Chinese officials, Kim will discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and potential negotiating strategies he might adopt in meeting with the U.S. moving forward.

Harry B. Harris Jr., the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, who was nominated as an ambassador to South Korea by Trump, said at a recent nomination hearing that large-scale exercises should be suspended temporarily, although he was previously reported to have opposed suspending them.

Beijing, North Korea's only economically, has already suggested sanctions against North Korea could be eased.

The visit would also serve to underline that Kim is adhering to a request made by Xi at their first meeting in Beijing.

China, not surprisingly, praised the Trump-Kim summit after it took place.

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A Kim trip to China to discuss his summit with Trump had been widely anticipated in diplomatic circles.

Kuhn reports that "North Korean leaders have in past always traveled to China in armored trains, and kept the visit secret until after it was over, apparently because they feared assassination attempts".

Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University's School of International Studies in Beijing, said that unlike previous visits, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim's visit before his departure.

What has come out of the summit, so far, seems like a version of China's "dual suspension" strategy - a plan that asks North Korea to suspend nuclear testing in return for a suspension of military exercises.

The annual "command-and-control exercise" is mostly focused on computer simulations and saw 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops participate a year ago. For some Pyongyang elites, Singapore-the city that hosted the U.S.

But both South Korea and Japan - the US's other main ally in Asia - said the joint drills were very important.

Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for alleged intellectual property theft.

Dana White, spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills had stopped, but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

To maintain proficiency, military forces must practice, and this includes not only USA troops but also US and South Korean militaries working together.

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