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Kim Jong Un offers to return to six-party talks

North Korean leader dangled concession to arrange meeting with Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner party in Beijing on March 26, 2018 © KCNA/Kyodo

BEIJING -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un told Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country was willing to rejoin the "six-party talks" to discuss denuclearization when the two met last month in China, Nikkei has learned.

Sources said that the summit in March was initiated by the North Korean side. Agreeing to the six-party talks -- to which China had repeatedly insisted North Korea return -- was a concession Kim made to improve ties with Beijing and pave the way for the meeting with Xi.

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