Trump: Kim Jong-un 'Looks Forward to His Meeting With Me'; 'Good Chance' He'll 'Do What Is Right'

By Susan Jones | March 28, 2018 | 6:51 AM EDT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 to 28" at the invitation of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. (Photo: Screen grab)

( - In two tweets early Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump made his first public comment on the North Korean dictator's visit to China:

"Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!"

"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility. Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!" Trump wrote.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency on Wednesday confirmed that Kim Jong-un "paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 to 28" at the invitation of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

It was Kim's first visit to China, and he reportedly stated his commitment to denuclearization and his desire to talk to President Trump.

According to Xinhua:

The two leaders thoroughly exchanged views on the situation of the world and the Korean Peninsula.

Xi said that positive changes had taken place on the Korean Peninsula since this year, and China appreciates the important efforts made by the DPRK.

On the Korean Peninsula issue, Xi said that China sticks to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation.

China calls on all parties to support the improvement of inter-Korean ties, and take concrete efforts to facilitate peace talks, said Xi, noting that China will continue to play constructive role on the issue and work with all parties, including the DPRK, toward the thaw of the situation on the peninsula.

Kim said that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is starting to get better, as the DPRK has taken the initiative to ease tensions and put forward proposals for peace talks.

"It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il," he said.

Kim said that the DPRK is determined to transform the inter-Korean ties into a relationship of reconciliation and cooperation and hold summit between the heads of the two sides.

The DPRK is willing to have dialogue with the United States and hold a summit of the two countries, he said.

"The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if south Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace," said Kim.

The DPRK hopes to enhance strategic communication with China during the process, jointly safeguard the trend of consultation and dialogue as well as peace and stability on the peninsula, said Kim.

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