N.Korea praises Trump, hopes for progress towards summit
North Korea on Friday praised US President Donald Trump as "different from his predecessors" as well as "wise" and "bold" as Pyongyang angles for a possible new summit between their leaders. According to Kim Kye Gwan, advisor to North Korea's foreign ministry, the idea of holding a new summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "highly topical these days in the US", the official wrote in a statement carried in the North's official news wire KCNA.
China – North Korea relations are bilateral between China and North Korea . Relations have been generally friendly, although they were sometimes strained in recent years because of North Korea 's
Kim Jong-un has hailed North Korea 's "invincible" ties with China , during a state visit by President Xi Jinping. Beijing is Pyongyang's closest ally but their relationship has been strained by North Korea 's nuclear programme and China 's support of UN sanctions. Mr Xi 's two-day visit to Pyongyang ends on
Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a "long-term, sound and stable" relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said Sunday, as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic relations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also sent a message to Xi saying their countries' "invincible friendship will be immortal on the road of accomplishing the cause of socialism," said Pyongyang's state news agency KCNA on Sunday.
North Korea was among the first countries to recognise the People's Republic of China after it was founded in 1949.
North Korea blames stalled nuclear talks on US 'political and military provocations'
North Korea on Monday blamed stalled nuclear negotiations on "political and military provocation" from the United States, the Associated Press reported. © Getty North Korea blames stalled nuclear talks on US 'political and military provocations' "It depends on the U.S.," whether the negotiations "will become a window of opportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis," North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said at the U.N. General Assembly's major annual gathering.
The China – North Korea Relationship . Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wave to crowds in Pyongyang. China is North Korea ’s biggest trade partner and arguably has the most leverage on Kim Jong-un’s regime. But while Beijing appears willing to condemn its
Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to North Korea on Thursday for a two-day visit, state media report. Mr Xi will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to " China -DPRK relations have opened a new chapter," state television CCTV said, adding that Mr Xi and Mr Kim have reached a "series of
Xi said the relationship between the Asian neighbours had played an "important and positive role in maintaining regional peace and stability," said Xinhua.
Since March 2018, Xi and Kim have met five times.
Xi was the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive North in 14 years when he made a highly symbolic trip to the nuclear-armed state in June.
Kim said the two countries would "steadily defend the cause of socialism and preserve peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world," according to KCNA.
The warm words from Beijing follow its huge military parade Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding a Communist China, and come a day after the latest round of nuclear talks between the US and North Korea ended in Sweden.
Pyongyang -- under three sets of UN sanctions in a bid to force it to give up its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes -- said the talks broke down because the US "disappointed us greatly".
Washington, however, said there had been "good discussions".
The talks followed months of stalemate after a February meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump, and came after Pyongyang's defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday.
Since the US-North Korea talks began, Russia and China have been calling for the United Nations to start lifting sanctions so as to create momentum towards the North's denuclearisation.
N. Korea threatens to resume nuke, long-range missile tests .
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened again Thursday to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests, accusing the U.S. of having instigated some members of the U.N. Security Council to condemn its recent weapons tests. The warning by Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry followed the weekend breakdown of North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations in Sweden, the first such talks between the countries in more than seven months. The warning by Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry followed the weekend breakdown of North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations in Sweden, the first such talks between the countries in more than seven months. North Korea said the talks collapsed because the U.S.