Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing

The Dokdo islands- known as Takeshima in Japan- are claimed by both Seoul and TokyoMore

Kim is expected to discuss his meeting with Trump last week and next steps for the two east-Asian nations. Pompeo would go on to make security assurances to North Korea and wave before them the prospect of U.S. investment in exchange for denuclearizing, which has yet to materialize.

On 12 June, Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed what the United States president called a "comprehensive" agreement.

The state media reports did not say if Kim had already arrived in Beijing.

The UN Security Council imposed a series of economic sanctions against North Korea after it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, crippling Pyongyang's economy. "This position is very clear and we believe sanctions themselves are not the end", said Geng, according to The AP. The US had always insisted they are purely defensive in nature.

Kim first visited China as North Korea's leader in March, when he met with Xi in Beijing.

North Korea and China are historic allies.

Last week's Trump-Kim summit produced only a vague statement in which Mr Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

This is the third meeting between Xi and Kim since March as North Korea continues to seek global recognition.

Kim "felt thanks for and highly praised China's promotion of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and its important role in protecting the peninsula's peace and stability", state broadcaster CCTV said.

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, said Sunday on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS the summit was a bigger win for Pyongyang. Previously China would only confirm Kim had visited after he had left the country.

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"Therefore, both China and the DPRK want to strengthen communication and form an overall strategy to deal with the United States going forward", Hua added.

"This is an improvement".

"No matter the changes in the global and regional situation, China's party and government's resolute position on being dedicated to consolidating and developing Sino-North Korea relations will not change", the report cited Xi as saying.

"Chairman Kim has made positive efforts to safeguard peace on the peninsula", he said.

Go Myong-Hyun, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said that Kim's latest visit might suggest that the North Korean leader was not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the Singapore summit.

The visit comes as a dispute over the large trade imbalance between China and the USA has been escalating, straining ties between the world's two largest economies and moving them closer to a potential trade war.

Hours earlier on Monday evening Trump threatened to escalate a trade fight with China into an all-out trade war with further tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on USA exports, a move that drew the president's ire.

And, just in time for Father's Day, news broke that a Honduran father took his own life after Trump's Justice Department ordered border agents to separate children from their parents if they're caught crossing the border illegally.

Kim told Xi he hoped to work with China and other parties to push the peace process, Chinese state television said.

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