Beijing confirms “unofficial” visit by Kim Jong-un

Mar 28, 2018, 7:02 AM EDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday.

China’s Xinhua news agency has confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Beijing on Monday, where he held “successful talks” with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and pledged to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Earlier this week, a green North Korean train was spotted in Beijing, sparking speculations of Kim Jong-un’s secret visit to China, its closest economic ally. The “unofficial” visit is a significant step in the preparation for the proposed talks between the U.S. and N Korean leaders, writes the BBC.

The visit is the latest in a string of positive diplomatic efforts by N. Korea since the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, last month, notes The Guardian. The White House credited the development to its maximum pressure policy, adding that China has briefed the U.S. after the visit.