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Kim's China visit to be positive factor for 2nd U.S.-N.K. summit: Seoul

Diplomacy 19:33 January 10, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent visit to China will have positive effects on prospects for a successful second summit between Washington and Pyongyang, South Korea's National Security Council (NSC) said Thursday.

This week, Kim made a surprise visit to China and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the meeting, Kim vowed efforts to draw positive results from a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, and Xi expressed his support, according to Chinese media.

"Chairman Kim's visit to China will play a positive role in leading toward the successful holding of the second U.S.-North Korea summit," the NSC said in a release.

"The members will continue to make proactive efforts to spur high-level exchanges and denuclearization talks between the two Koreas, Pyongyang and Beijing, and Washington and Pyongyang," it noted.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of their talks in Beijing on Jan. 8, 2019. (Yonhap)

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