No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

Moon is set to meet the reclusive North Korean leader next Friday for what would be a third inter-Korean summit.

A successful Moon-Kim summit could help pave the way for the Trump-Kim meeting, which would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Song led a Chinese troupe to North Korea for the festival.

Kim met Song on Saturday to exchange "deep thoughts" on global issues of concern to North Korea and China and vowed to improve bilateral relations, according to the state media.

"The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the most urgent task that lies before us and a task we must complete peacefully", the president said while attending a Buddhist service held for the success of his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Quoting sources in North Korea and China, senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao discussed the plans when he went to Pyongyang last week along with a group of Chinese artists. Song, however, greeted Kim when he arrived in the Chinese border city of Dandong last month.

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Kim reportedly invited Xi to North Korea during his visit to China in late March.

The visit came amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts by the North, starting a New Year speech in which Kim opened the door to participating in February's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asked for China's economic assistance, as well as backing for the regime's survival and the easing of military threats, Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday. "It is hard to expect the two leaders to sign the deal this time as they remain far apart on who and how to sign it", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies.

But the two countries have been seeking to warm ties ahead of Kim's meeting with Moon on April 27 and with Trump by June over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Earlier Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Kazakhstan H.E. Kim Dae sik explained why President of the country Moon Jae-in had postponed his visit to Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan. South Korea's Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that the two sides had been discussing plans for a permanent end to the war at the North-South summit, citing an unidentified South Korean official with knowledge of the matter.

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