North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to pursue a second summit with President Donald Trump “to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community,” Chinese state media reported Thursday.
Kim reiterated his commitment to denuclearization, according to the report by Xinhua News Agency, which followed his meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“The DPRK will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation,” Xinhua quoted Kim as saying. (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the official name of North Korea).
Momentum is building toward another meeting between Trump and Kim. Last weekend, Trump said negotiations had begun over a location for their summit, and the result would be announced “in the not-too-distant future.”
Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in predicted that a second North Korean-U.S. summit would “take place soon.”
He made the remark during a major policy address for the upcoming year. He said Kim would visit Seoul and the meetings would be “turning points that will firmly solidify peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Kim’s trip to Beijing this week may be another signal that a summit may come soon. The North Korean leader visited China before and after his first summit with Trump last June in Singapore.