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Kim Jong Un visits Beijing as U.S. halts military drills

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Kim Jong Un visits Beijing as U.S. halts military drills

Kim Jong Un visits Beijing as U.S. halts military drills

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Beijing, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Washington and Seoul agree to suspend a major joint military exercise.

Grace Lee reports.

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Kim Jong Un visits Beijing as U.S. halts military drills

A familiar scene in Beijing on Tuesday (June 19), where a convoy with tinted windows rushed down the city's main road.

Inside is believed to be none other than Kim Jong Un, once again making a sudden trip to China.

But this time Beijing's made no secret Kim is in town.

Chinese state media say he's visiting for two nights.

On his last visit months ago, Beijing neither confirmed nor denied Kim was there until his train left for Pyongyang.

However now he's had his sit-down with Donald Trump, Kim's likely there to prepare for more talks with the U.S., including another potential visit by Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang.

At the summit last week, Trump and Kim agreed to work towards denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. president also promised to suspend "war games," which Pyongyang and Beijing have often called 'provocative.'

On Tuesday, Seoul and Washington cancelled the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" drills, a major upcoming joint military exercise.

Beyond that drill, they say there's been no decision on what else could be canceled.

Trump said he was halting the war games due to their quote "tremendously expensive cost".

The Pentagon has yet to release that number, but previous data suggests the cost of a single exercise could be tens of millions of dollars, only a small fraction of the year's U.S. defense budget of $700 billion.




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