North Korea’s Kim, China’s Xi Seek to Break Nuclear Impasse With U.S.

Xi Jinping backed further talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, saying he hopes the two sides can ‘meet in the middle’

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. PHOTO: SHEN HONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a summit this week to telegraph to the U.S. that the Communist neighbors want to advance the stalled negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Chinese state media accounts Thursday said that Messrs. Kim and Xi met over two days this week in Beijing, before the North Korean leader left the Chinese capital on Wednesday.

For Mr. Kim, it was his fourth visit in a year to China, North Korea’s main economic and diplomatic partner, and carried a purposeful reminder for the Trump administration that it should prepare to compromise to get a denuclearization deal.

In their meetings, Mr. Xi offered his blessing to further talks between the North Korean leader and President Trump, saying he hopes the two sides can “meet in the middle,” according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

Mr. Kim gave credit to China for playing a key role in improving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and said he would work to ensure a second meeting with Mr. Trump is successful, Xinhua said.

Footage shown by Chinese state television highlighted the message of close ties. The two leaders met in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, with the younger North Korean taking notes as Mr. Xi spoke. Later, they met together along with their wives. Mr. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, also toured a Chinese traditional medicine factory.

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