Jakarta -North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to help end US sanctions against Pyongyang after Kim’s encounter with US President Donald Trump.
The request was revealed through a Japanese newspaper quoting unnamed sources in both countries.
Kim delivered a request during a third meeting with Xi in Beijing last month. The Chinese president promised to do “the best” to satisfy Kim, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, as quoted by ChannelNewsAsia.com, Monday (2/7/2018).
“We are devastated by economic sanctions, we have successfully completed the US-North Korea summit, I want China to work together to lift the sanctions sooner,” Kim told Xi.
In recent months, China as an ally of North Korea in the Cold War era has been trying to improve US-North Korea relations damaged by nuclear weapons testing.
Kim chose Beijing, which is its main economic partner, as the first overseas visit in March. Kim returned to visit Xi in May in the port city of Dalian.
According to the report Kim asked Xi to help ease the sanctions that have paralyzed the North Korean economy and urged China to support Pyongyang in denuclearization talks with Washington.
Xi told Kim that he “actively supports North Korea’s reform and openness and will proactively cooperate on a number of issues.”
China and the United States both hope to see the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.