Trump Says a Second North Korea Summit Is in the Works

Thae Yong-ho who fled his post as North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016

Rumors about Kim's visit to China began late Monday local time when a North Korean train painted green carrying a "senior North Korean official" was described crossing over the North Korea-China border, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday, as preparations for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump continue.

The visits a year ago were widely seen as a courtesy to China and an opportunity to coordinate strategy ahead of the summits with the USA and South Korean leaders.

North Korea rarely reports such visits until they are over.

In a personal letter to Moon last month, he expressed disappointment for not making a trip to Seoul by the year's end and hoped to fulfill his promise soon.

The North Korean leader also met with Xi after the June summit with Trump.

An Italian daily said on Saturday that North Korea's top diplomat in Italy who disappeared last November appears to have escaped to a third country and returned to Italy.

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Since emerging onto the world stage in the previous year, Kim has mended previously strained ties with neighbour and key ally China, and made sure Xi has been kept in the loop.

In his New Year's speech last week, the North's leader warned that he could take a new way if the United States clings to pressure and sanctions on its regime.

"It will be announced probably in the not-too-distant future".

In 2015, a counsellor in charge of science affairs at the North's embassy in Germany defected with his wife to an unidentified country, while a secretary-level trade official stationed in Bulgaria and his wife also fled, Thae told South Korean cable news Channel A in an interview this week. "Forcing the US out of Korea, and out of East Asia, is more important to Beijing than reigning in on a self-confident or even provocative North Korea".

While there were no details released about the possible agenda in China, Mr. Kim has been seeking relief from worldwide sanctions, a peace declaration to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War, and more economic investment. Both parties signed a pledge at the time to denuclearise the Korean peninsular, though was never clear what this would entail.

"Let's join hands in Seoul and topple the vested powers in the North and unify our nation", Thae added.

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