Without denuclearization timeline, Kim-Trump summit will fail: scholar

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Kim flew to the northeastern port city of Dalian last week for talks with Xi, ahead of his much anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump next month.

A North Korean delegation has visited Beijing to learn about China's experience in economic reform and opening up, the foreign ministry said today, the latest diplomatic outreach by the isolated regime.

"If a partial denuclearization is agreed on without mention of its specific timeline, depth and scope, the summit will be a typical failure", Kim said in a paper he submitted to a forum hosted by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies in Seoul.

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The North Korean delegation arrived on an Air Koryo flight at the Beijing Capital International Airport, and was received by the North Korean ambassador to China on Monday morning, sources in Beijing said earlier. He pointed to Russian Federation as the main destination in terms of geographical proximity and technological infrastructure.

Senior North Korean officials are visiting China amid warming relations between the 2 countries. Kim made his second trip to China in less than two months to meet with President Xi Jinping a week ago.

During a central committee meeting of the Workers' Party last month, Kim vowed to focus on boosting the North's economy, which has been crippled by tightened worldwide sanctions, while suspending nuclear and missile tests and closing a key atomic experiment facility.

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Xi's offer "may have led to Kim's judgement on denuclearization" when he met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang after his China trip, according to the Yomiuri.

Relations fell to a new low in the past year as Beijing, angered by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, backed a series of United Nations sanctions against its Cold War-era ally. Abe will also press Trump to bring up the abduction issue during his meeting with Kim.

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