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In First Official Trip Outside North Korea, Kim Jong-Un Meets Xi Jinping, Pledges Denuclearisation

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| March 28 , 2018 , 09:08 IST

Amidst reports of a high profile visit of a North Korean delegation to China with a high-security train, North Korean media on Wednesday confirmed that Kim Jong-Un himself, along with his wife visited  Beijing and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In Kim Jong-Un's first international visit since coming to power in 2011, he met with Xi Jinping ahead of planned visits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April and with US President Donald Trump in May, and held talks, pledging his commitment to denuclearisation.

"There is no question that my first foreign visit would be to the Chinese capital," Kim was quoted as saying by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

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"This is my solemn duty as someone who should value and continue the DPRK-PRC relations through generations," he said.

"The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realisation of peace," Kim said, according to China's news agency Xinhua.

KCNA also confirmed that President Xi Jinping had accepted an invitation to visit Pyongyang, which would be his first trip to North Korea since he came into power in 2012.

Jinping said he was willing to maintain frequent contact with Kim "under the new circumstances".

Last month, after talks between a South Korean delegation and Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, Kim had expressed willingness to consider abandoning North Korea's nuclear weapons testing in exchange for US security guarantees.

The statement was considered a landmark occasion between the US and North Korea's row over its nuclear testing, after US President Donald Trump had placed increasingly stringent sanctions on North Korea.