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(LEAD) N. Korea's Kim, China's Xi hold 2nd summit in northern China

All Headlines 20:33 May 08, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with details from para 4, photo)

SEOUL/BEIJING, May 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their second summit in about 40 days in northeast China, the two nations' state media reported Tuesday.

In a dispatch from the Chinese city of Dalian, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Kim and Xi held talks on Monday and Tuesday.

Kim and Xi "had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of common concern," Xinhua said. DPRK is an acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The North's state broadcaster also reported on the second summit between Kim and Xi in the northeastern city of Dalian.

(LEAD) N. Korea's Kim, China's Xi hold 2nd summit in northern China - 1

The second summit between Kim and Xi came amid a flurry of top-level diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons program. Kim is expected to hold an unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump late this month or early next month.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a historic summit with Kim and they agreed to work towards "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

According to the Xinhua report, Kim said he decided to meet Xi again to "inform him of the situation, hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability."

Since the first summit in March, Kim said both bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula "have undergone meaningful progress," the report said.

North Korea's state media reported that Kim traveled to Dalian via a special plane and he was accompanied by his powerful sister Kim Yo-jong and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman on international affairs.

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