Kim meets Chinese foreign minister, says he’s committed to denuclearisation
North Korea showed on Thursday, May 3, that it is yet consistent with its stance on peace as its leader Kim Jong-un reiterated his commitment to denuclearisation while meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who visited Pyongyang the week following the historic Korean Summit at Punmunjeom on April 27, Reuters reported China's foreign ministry as saying.
China's foreign minister Wang Yi paid a visit to North Korea in the wake of the Kim's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Pyongyang's invite, according to Beijing.
During their meeting, Kim told Yi that the positive changes that took on the Korean Peninsula of late were in favour of a peaceful resolution, a statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry said, according to Reuters.
Yi reportedly praised Kim saying Pyongyang had seized the day and made a decisive decision and brought positive changes, Reuters added.
Yi reached North Korea on Wednesday, May 2, and also met his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho.
According to North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency, Yi and Ri had an "in-depth" discussion on the issues that pertain to developing "friendly and cooperative" relations between North Korea and China following a summit between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March, Yonhap reported.
It was the two foreign minister's second meeting inside a month after their April 8 talks in Beijing.
Kim's surprising visit to Beijing in an armoured train to meet Xi was one of the foremost moves in North Korea's diplomatic quest of reaching out to the international community.
Kim is now set to meet US President Donald Trump in a widely awaited event inside a month, culminating into a peaceful Korean Peninsula which the world has been eagerly seeking.
China supported an end to the state of war on the peninsula, North Korea's shift to economic development and the resolution of North Korea's legitimate security concerns during the denuclearisation process, he said.
Kim and Moon pledged during the summit to end the Korean War which is technically on, with the help of powers like the US and China. Experts believe China is eager to engage with North Korea more for it does not want to be sidelined in the peace process which is gathering steam on its neighbour's soil.
Talks are already on whether Trump should be awarded a Peace Prize, something South Korean President Moon has also supported, and this could leave the Chinese a tad worried over losing a soft diplomatic battle to the Americans.