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.”