After some speculation, it was confirmed earlier today that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been in China and met President Xi Jinping.
In what was his first known foreign visit since becoming supreme leader in 2011, Mr. Kim reportedly made clear his commitment to denuclearisation. This shall be a helpful step leading up to his meeting with US President Donald Trump later this year.
According to China’s Xinhua news agency, Mr. Kim 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.’
President Xi is also said to have accepted an invitation to North Korea for further talks to take place.
Hopes that North Korea is truly attempting to better its relations not only with South Korea but with the rest of the world were raised earlier this year due to its participation in the Winter Olympic games, which were held in Pyeongchang, though many remain skeptical.
Only time shall tell if these hopes will turn into reality.