North Korea, China leaders agree to boost 'strategic, tactical' co-operation: KCNA

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SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed measures to bolster "strategic and tactical" co-operation between the two countries in a second meeting on Wednesday, the North's state media said on Thursday.

The meeting between Kim and Xi came on the North Korean leader's second and last day of his latest visit to Beijing where he briefed the Chinese president on his summit with US President Donald Trump last week.

They exchanged "serious views" on the present and "new" situation, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un hails 'unity' with China in new visit

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed measures to bolster "strategic and tactical" co-operation between the two countries in a second meeting on Wednesday, the North's state media said on Thursday.
  • The meeting between Kim and Xi came on the North Korean leader's second and last day of his latest visit to Beijing where he briefed the Chinese president on his summit with US President Donald Trump last week.
  • They exchanged "serious views" on the present and "new" situation, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
  • On Tuesday, Kim and Xi were reported by North Korean media to have reached an understanding on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the US-North Korea summit.
  • Kim Jong Un has pledged to make the economy in North Korea a priority after he had announced the achievement of a long-held ambition to develop nuclear weapons.
  • Before meeting with Xi Jinping on Wednesday, Kim visited an agricultural institute run by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, KCNA said, where he observed vegetables being grown inside.
  • The North Korean leader also visited a traffic control centre in Beijing before departing for Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon, KCNA said.

On Tuesday, Kim and Xi were reported by North Korean media to have reached an understanding on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the US-North Korea summit.

Before meeting with Xi Jinping on Wednesday, Kim visited an agricultural institute run by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, KCNA said, where he observed vegetables being grown inside.

The North Korean leader also visited a traffic control centre in Beijing before departing for Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon, KCNA said. The visits to the two locations were also reported by Chinese media on Wednesday.

Kim Jong Un has pledged to make the economy in North Korea a priority after he had announced the achievement of a long-held ambition to develop nuclear weapons. North Korean media has in recent months, frequently stressed advancements made in its agricultural and industrial sectors.

In Singapore, Kim had lauded the "clean, beautiful and advanced" nation and said he had learned much from the prosperous country.

Kim Jong Un goes on night stroll on Singapore's waterfront

  • The usually closely-guarded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke away from summit preparations Monday for a night-time stroll on the Singapore waterfront, even posing for selfies with the city-state's foreign minister.
  • The picture posted online by Vivian Balakrishnan as the group toured a series of major sites, less than 12 hours ahead of Kim's meeting with US President Donald Trump, is the first such public image of the North's leader.
  • In his own country, his appearances are normally carefully managed, with any foreigners present having to go through hours-long security checks beforehand.
  • Kim was spotted walking inside, with his sister and close aide Kim Yo Jong also part of the group.
  • "He said Singapore is clean and beautiful and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future," the KCNA report added.
  • At the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel, casino and convention centre, Kim visited the high-level SkyPark that links the three 55-storey towers of the complex.
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