North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was back in Beijing this week, speaking with Chinese officials over his historic summit with President Trump and the possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Kim traveled to Beijing Tuesday to meet with President Xi Jinping in their first face-to-face meeting since the Singapore Summit; making the trip his third visit to China this year.
“Trump agreed to work with Kim toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, committed to provide the North with security guarantees and pledged to end ‘war games’ with South Korea, which North Korea and China have long seen as provocative,” writes the New York Post.
“We hope this visit can help to further deepen China-North Korea relations, strengthen strategic communication between both countries on important issues and promote regional peace and stability,” said a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry.
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DELICIOUS DIPLOMACY: Kim Jong Un Hopes to Open MCDONALD’S in North Korea
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is reportedly working hard to open a McDonald’s restaurant in the heart of his nations’ capital in recent weeks, sending a “goodwill gesture” towards the United States ahead of next months’ possible talks with President Trump.
According to Fox News, the communist leader wants to open the fast-service restaurant in Pyongyang as both North Korean officials and their US counterparts prepare for potential denuclearization negotiations.
Kim Jong Un reportedly wants to open a McDonald’s in North Korea pic.twitter.com/PpMDShJyM0
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 3, 2018
Kim Jong Un’s late father was such a fan of the iconic American restaurant that he reportedly had the hamburgers flown into North Korea from the nearest McDonald’s restaurant in neighboring China.
Analysis: Kim Jong Il reportedly had McDonald’s flown in from China. His son might get a franchise. https://t.co/yq3s4qoLEv
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 3, 2018
“Compared to the threat of nuclear war, of course, a Pyongyang McDonald’s seems like small fries. But experts and history suggest there’s more at play here than one token franchise,” writes the Washington Post.
IT’S OVER: North and South Korea PLEDGE to END Korean War
The leaders of North and South Korea held a historic summit Friday, with the rulers of each nation pledging to completely “denuclearize” the Korean peninsula and formally end the 68-year-long Korean War.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the de-militarized zone between the two warring nations this week; with both leaders crossing the border into the other’s country in an unprecedented display of unity.
“Seeing Kim Jong Un live, chatting easily with their president, will no doubt have been jolt to South Koreans and remind them that the North Koreans are the same people in many ways, in language and shared history if not their political or economic structure,” said a North Korean security expert.
The framework for an official peace treaty remains unclear and must also be signed by representatives from China and the United States, two nations who were also parties in the decades long conflict.
President Trump hailed the historic meeting early Friday morning, saying the United States and its people should be “very proud” of the breakthrough.
KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018