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Breakthrough or False Promise? China Claims Kim Jong Un Has Agreed to Denuclearize Korean Peninsula

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President Donald Trump is reacting to the news that Chinese President Xi Jinping secretly met with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, who suggested denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was possible.

"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," the North Korean leader said.

Trump responded to the news, tweeting:

The secret talks took place at the Great Hall of the People in China ahead of an anticipated meeting between Kim and Trump.

China said on Wednesday it won the pledge from the North Korean dictator to denuclearize the peninsula during a meeting with President Xi, who pledged in return that China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbor.

"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," Kim said, according to Xinhua.

The meeting comes as a surprise to most since China, who remains North Korea's major ally, supported tougher UN sanctions against the rogue regime.

Meanwhile, there are skeptics who doubt the North's sincerity, including newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has harshly criticized the regime in the past.

"Question – How do you know that the North Korean regime is lying? Answer – their lips are moving," Bolton said.

North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date last year, plus three missiles that could hit the US mainland. And new commercial imagery out this week shows it has resumed plutonium production, likely for its nuclear program

Senior White House officials say no date nor location for the once unthinkable Trump-Kim summit has been selected.

It appears direct contact with the North Korean government still has not occurred since Trump accepted Kim's invitation for face-to-face meetings 20 days ago.

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