Mystery surrounds landing of North Korean airliner in China

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'I feel like I'm firing a flare at the starting line in the moment of (the two Koreas) writing a new history in North-South relations, peace and prosperity, ' Kim told Moon as they sat at a table to begin their closed-door talks.

It is the second meeting between the two leaders in less than two months, after they held a secret meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing in late March. Reports said his jet flew out of Dalian airport on Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will speak Tuesday with President Xi Jinping of China.

However, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying China "supports North Korea to stick to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation".

Pompeo said he hoped to be able to outline a set of conditions that would create the opportunity for a historic change in the security relationship with North Korea and added that sanctions would not be lifted until US objectives were met.

He said that what the world must remember is that there are as many as 30,000 Christian believers in concentration labor camps in North Korea, among many others, while another 70,000 Christians have to hide their faith and live in secrecy.

"So what they're saying here is, 'We will be less belligerent toward you in exchange for certain concessions.' But notice what North Korea is not willing to talk about, and that is the war on their own people".

While Kim would be giving up the last of his remaining American prisoners, whom North Korea has often used in the past as bargaining chips with the United States, a release could also be aimed at pressuring Trump to make concessions of his own in his bid to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear arsenal, something it has not signalled a willingness to do.

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It said in the short-term, China is an "indispensable stability guarantor for a possible unsuccessful US-North Korea summit".

Chinese internet users posting on social media described heavy security in the city and extensive flight delays on Monday.

The North Korean leader met last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and is preparing for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, possibly as early as this month.

In the past North Korea has used the term "hostile policies" in reference to the US troop presence in South Korea, the USA nuclear umbrella covering South Korea and Japan and regular joint military exercises in South Korea.

China is the only major ally of North Korea, though in recent months, trade between them has declined sharply, as Beijing uses economic United Nations sanctions in response to nuclear bomb tests and ballistic missiles of the North, writes CBSnews.

The meeting comes just weeks after Kim travelled into South Korea.

Mr Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Mr Kim and the two leaders strolled along the coastline at a government guesthouse and had lunch together on Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Chinese foreign ministry would not confirm or deny that a North Korean official had visited the country.