North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was back in China Tuesday morning for the second time in two months, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of his historic talks with President Donald Trump.
According to the New York Times, the brutal despot huddled with Chinese authorities in the port city of Dalian just across the North Korean border; reportedly holding high-level talks just weeks before Kim is set to meet with the American president.
“In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views,” said the state-run news agency.
The last-minute meeting will be followed by Chinese officials’ international visit to Japan and South Korea to discuss the complete “denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and a possible end to the 68-year-long Korean War.
The Chinese leader praised Kim’s visit, saying he was committed to progress “at a crucial time when the Korean Peninsula situation is undergoing profound and complex changes.”
BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
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