After days of speculation, North Korea and Chinese officials confirmed Kim Jong Un’s last-minute trip to Beijing Monday; setting the stage for his face-to-face showdown with President Trump in the coming weeks.
The brutal dictator’s surprise visit was hailed by President Trump on social media, who called for “maximum sanctions and pressure” as the two-leaders prepare for their first meeting before a May deadline.
“Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” Trump tweeted.
Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
The despot doubled-down on his willingness to negotiate his nuclear arsenal with South Korea and the United States during a fiery speech Monday, saying “the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved.”
“The issue of denuclearization 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 realization of peace,” Kim said.
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.
KIM'S SPRING BREAK: The Brutal Dictator LEAVES NORTH KOREA for the First Time
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un made a last-minute visit to Beijing Monday; marking the first time the brutal despot has left the Hermit Kingdom since taking control following his father’s death in 2011.
According to Bloomberg, the details of the trip remain murky with three North Korean officials confirming the leader’s visit to the Chinese capital.
The unannounced journey comes as the United States and North Korea prepare for their first face-to-face meeting between the communist ruler and President Trump; following months of escalating tensions between the two nations.
“If this meeting is confirmed, it may actually be more productive than a photo op between Trump and Kim in a few weeks,” said Melissa Hanham, an expert in North Korean studies.
“North Korea is often perceived as an ungrateful junior brother, but recent tensions and increased nuclear and missile capabilities mean China’s taking this seriously and doesn’t want to be left out of the process,” she added.
“Presumably, part of what’s on the agenda is the Chinese want a sense of what Kim expects or is seeking in the meeting with the U.S., if it ever occurs, as well as their attempt, of course, to influence it,” said another expert.