The mystery surrounding North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s unexpected trip to Beijing intensified Tuesday, with the despot’s heavily guarded and bulletproof train returning to Pyongyang after holding secretive meetings with Chinese officials.
The 21-car long, diesel-fueled locomotive arrived in Beijing Monday; sparking global speculation that Kim was meeting with his largest trading partner ahead of future talks with President Donald Trump. Chinese officials have been largely sidelined in the North’s recent diplomatic push, pivoting towards direct negotiations with South Korea and the US.
“Kim Jong Un was identified as the likely VIP passenger after North Korea watchers noted the green diesel with the yellow stripe down the side looked just like the trains that ferried the despot’s late father to meetings in China and Russia — and on which Kim Jong Il eventually died of a heart attack,” writes Fox News.
If confirmed, the trip would be Kim Jong Un’s first international journey since taking office upon his father’s death in 2011.
The despot made global headlines just weeks ago, extending an invitation to meet President Trump and announcing his willingness to abandon North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile programs.
President Trump accepted the offer, and the two leaders are expected to meet within weeks.
‘BIG CREDIT’: South Korea Says TRUMP FORCED Kim into Talks
South Korean authorities are giving President Trump ‘big credit’ for his tough talk regarding North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying the Commander-in-Chief deserves “big credit” for forcing Kim back to the negotiating table.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in thanked President Trump for his harsh rhetoric towards the communist regime on Wednesday, saying American pressure eventually prompted the hermit kingdom to reopen talks with the South for the first time in over two years.
“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks,” Moon said at a news conference. “It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.”
The United States -along with regional allies- passed crippling UN sanctions last year in response to Kim’s continued nuclear and missile tests; cutting off essential supplies such as oil and food from the brutal regime.
The North Korean despot has taken a new approach towards his southern neighbors in recent weeks, wishing them a successful Olympic Games and hoping to “ease military tensions” as the two nations begin formal talks.
Earlier this month, President Trump made global headlines when he warned the dictator that the United States too has a “nuclear button,” but unlike Kim’s America’s button “actually works.”
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.