Train presumed to be carrying high-ranking North Korean official crossed

Train presumed to be carrying high-ranking North Korean official crossed

A high-ranking North Korean, reported by South Korean media to be Kim Jong-un, appears to be visiting China by train, although the identity of the traveller has yet to be confirmed.

None of the trips were announced in advance, and the earliest indications of the first one - in March, before Kim had met either South Korean president Moon Jae-in or Donald Trump of the United States - came when his train was spotted in Beijing.

Trump's comments Sunday seem to be a call for North Korea to return to a fresh round of high-level talks, said Shin Bum-cheol, a senior fellow at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports that the train passed through Dandong Train Station in China's northeast at about 10:15 pm local time.

In his New Year's speech, the North Korean leader said he was ready to meet with Trump at any time to produce an outcome welcomed by the global community.

Kim - whose birthday is reportedly on Tuesday, although that has never been confirmed by Pyongyang - visited China three times a year ago to pay his respects to Xi.

At the first summit between the longtime adversaries in June, Trump and Kim agreed to work toward the Korean peninsula's denuclearization but with little apparent agreement on what that means.

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President Trump said last week that he had received a "great letter" from Mr Kim, although he did not reveal its contents.

"We are negotiating a location", he told reporters.

"It will be announced probably in the not-too-distant future".

The president also claimed that the U.S. was enjoying a "very good dialogue" with Pyongyang, despite a warning issued last week by Kim during his New Year's speech that he may need to pursue a "new way" on nuclear disarmament if Washington did not lift crippling sanctions against his regime.

Speculation is rife in South Korea that the North Korean leader is on a train that crossed into China less than twelve hours ago.

Culminating in late 2017, Pyongyang carried out six atomic blasts and launched rockets capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland, but has now carried out no such tests for more than a year.

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