North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly visited China’s capital Beijing, potentially traveling on a train that looked similar to the one his father Kim Jong Il used to visit the country in 2011.
Kim Jong Il’s visit was the last time a North Korean leader visited China’s capital, Bloomberg reported on Monday. China, along with many in the international community, has pressured the regime to abandon its provocative activities related to its nuclear program.
Monday’s news came amid growing indications that the publicly defiant leader was open to negotiations amid pressure from intense economic sanctions.
Earlier this month, South Korea said Kim Jong Un discussed denuclearization, something Trump seemed to praise in a tweet:
Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2018
“Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached,” Trump said.
Trump accepted Kim Jong Un’s offer for direct talks, which would mark the most direct, known form of diplomacy with North Korea since Trump took office.
North Korea not only sent a delegation to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it also marched with the South under a unified Korea flag.
Trump and Kim Jong Un still appeared to try to show off their military might in the new year, however, when the North Korean leader warned he had a “nuclear button” on his desk at all times.
Trump shot back, stating that his button was “much bigger & more powerful.”
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” he tweeted.