N. Korean delegation arrives in Beijing ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The Japanese and USA governments plan to hold a summit meeting on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting in Canada on June 8-9, where Abe and Trump are expected to confirm their stance to call for North Korea to denuclearize in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

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"If a partial denuclearization is agreed on without mention of its specific timeline, depth and scope, the summit will be a typical failure", Kim said in a paper he submitted to a forum hosted by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies in Seoul.

A North Korean delegation arrived in Beijing on Monday. He pointed to Russian Federation as the main destination in terms of geographical proximity and technological infrastructure.

"Denuclearization will fail if the improvement of inter-Korean relations is focused on the lifting of sanctions", the professor said, calling for preventive measures against possible regression in the North's denuclearization process.

The delegation's trip comes a week after Kim Jong-un visited China for the second time in about 40 days to meet with China's President Xi Jinping.

Kim used the phrase when he declared that his regime had completed the development of its nuclear arsenal and no more atomic or missile tests were needed.

The Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Tuesday that a friendship group headed by Pak is visiting China.

The improvement of ties between the Cold War allies, which had deteriorated as Beijing actively enforced sanctions on Pyongyang past year, is expected to lead to economic cooperation.

Experts say Kim needs to maintain good relations with his country's main patron as the Trump meeting looms.

In October 2010, two months after the late leader's visit to China, North Korea sent the chiefs of the Workers' Party committees for nine provinces and the three cities of Pyongyang, Nampo and Rason to the neighboring country.

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