China's President Xi to visit North Korea this week

Xinhua News Agency Chinese President Xi Jinping right poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for

Xinhua News Agency Chinese President Xi Jinping right poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for

Chinese President Xi Jinping will go to North Korea on Thursday for two days, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive country in 14 years. He hugged North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on the tarmac as he was leaving.

Today South Korean news said North Korean soldiers were told Kim would not give up nuclear weapons in order to "solidify the nation's position as a nuclear power".

Asked about reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinated by the North in early 2017 for being an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency, .

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The visit will be the first by a Chinese leader in a decade.

Neighboring China is North Korea's lone major ally and the visit comes amid a protracted dispute over the North's denuclearization with the United States. A summit in Vietnam between Kim and President Trump failed in February, with Trump walking out after the sides came to an impasse.

Xi has also been plagued by the mass protests in Hong Kong, organized by pro-democracy demonstrators and ignited by a controversial extradition bill.

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