Kim Jong-un reported summit results to Beijing earlier than Trump's press conference: sources

China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing on March 27. Photo: AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reported the results of his historic meeting with US President Donald Trump to Beijing right after the summit wrapped up, sources said, in a sign of China's great influence in the affairs of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim's report to Beijing was sent earlier than Trump's press conference in the afternoon of June 12 where the US president announced his decision to "end war games" with South Korea, sources familiar with the matter told Sino-US.com.

It could be corroborated by a regular news briefing of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was held hours earlier than Trump's press conference.

During the regular press conference, spokesperson Geng Shuang said that the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula problems is following the Beijing-proposed "dual-track" approach calling for simultaneous suspension of North Korea's nuclear program and the joint military drills of the United States and South Korea.

Analysts said that Beijing's announcement before Trump's sends the message that it still has strong influence over Pyongyang.

At a regular press conference held on June 13, spokesperson Geng said that China "has been keeping close communication with the parties involved in the Korean Peninsula problems", hinting that Beijing knew the summit results right after the conclusion of the summit.

Geng also hailed the "dual-track" approach as a "reasonable" and "feasible" method, which will "win the support of the parties involved" in dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

The joint military drills of the United States and South Korea this year were more subdued than previous years, with absence of US aircraft carriers.

At the post-summit press conference, Trump bluntly said that the joint US-South Korean military exercises were "very provocative" and "tremendously expensive", attacking a policy that his administration has pursued until now.

"The war games are very expensive; we paid for a big majority of them," said Trump, who has long asked allies to share more responsibility in defense.

Trump also opened the possibility of one day withdrawing American troops from South Korea, though he said that there is no timetable for the move.

Geng said that Trump's decision to stop war games with South Korea again justifies the "dual-track" approach, which is "in the interests of all parties involved".


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