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July 21 2018, 08:05 | Irvin Gilbert
Kim arrives in Beijing on third China trip in three months
It is said to be the same plane used to carry luggage and other necessary equipment for Kim's trip to Singapore for his summit with Trump last week.
Souvenir shops that once stocked items criticising the United States aimed at North Korea tourists near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on the Korean border, as well as in the capital Pyongyang, have removed the often violent and negative stock.
North Korea suspended nuclear and missile testing when the peace process began earlier this year, and has committed to dismantling its entire nuclear weapons program.
The summit pledge was followed by the U.S. military's postponement of major joint exercises with its ally South Korea following a pledge by Trump to halt the drills which have aroused repeated anger in the North. Even if, implausibly, U.S.
At their summit, Kim and Trump signed a pledge "to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favored by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way. US officials, however, have cautioned that such actions are reversible. "Maybe you don't", he said.
China is apparently moving to ease sanctions on North Korea and strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, following the North's leader Kim Jong-un's most recent visit to Beijing.
Trump boasted at a Cabinet meeting Thursday that his administration has had "tremendous success" with North Korea, adding that denuclearization had already begun.
The Korean Peninsula was effectively split in two during the Korean War. Going into the summit, Pyongyang repeatedly rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament.
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The confident, optimistic language marked a complete reversal from Trump's criticism of Kim as "little Rocket Man" and his threats previous year to deliver "fire and fury" to North Korea if necessary.
The US has said that there will be no sanctions relief until Pyongyang's denuclearization.
Two hundred family members separated by the decades-long Korean War will take part in emotional reunions next month, South Korea said Friday - the latest breakthrough in North Korea's diplomatic thaw.
Pompeo said US allies and North Korea's neighbour and ally China were supportive of the USA policy of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until its denuclearisation was complete.
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The official China Daily newspaper said in an editorial on Thursday ties between the two countries have "radiated new vitality", and that Kim's visits to the agricultural and traffic control centres showed the economy was a priority for him.