Xi seeks give and take for N Korea-US deal

China | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 Jan 2019

President Xi Jinping has offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un backing in nuclear talks with the United States but said the two should meet halfway.

Kim visited Beijing this week for talks seen as a strategy session before a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

At a first meeting in Singapore in June, Kim and Trump signed a vaguely worded document on "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

North Korea wants relief from sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear weapons and missile programs, while the United States wants to keep the measures until Pyongyang gives up its arms. Beijing also wants the sanctions relaxed, with Xi hoping Pyongyang and Washington "will meet each other halfway," Xinhua News Agency said.

North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests and launched missiles, but none have been performed for more than a year.

Trump said on Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang were negotiating on a location for a next summit, which South Korea's President Moon Jae In yesterday said was "imminent."

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