January 10 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping supports a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.
Xi said on Thursday that he hopes the two sides can meet each other halfway.
The comments followed this week's visit by Kim to Beijing.
The visit was believed to be part of a wider effort to coordinate a second meeting with Trump and strengthen Beijing's position by showing alternatives to U.S. power in the region.
During the visit, Kim affirmed his intention to convene another meeting with the U.S. president.
On Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae In told reporters that both countries would need to make concessions to achieve peace, reported Reuters.
North Korea knows it needs to denuclearize, while the U.S. understands that "corresponding action" is needed to expedite the process, said Moon, without elaborating on what the U.S. might need to do.
The comments from Moon and Xi cast doubt on the U.S. strategy of maximum pressure, which some in Washington credited with bringing Pyongyang to the table in June 2018.
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