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N Korea at crossroads

Xi urges Kim to move talks forward with US

North Korean leader frustrated at lack of positive responses from Washington

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, shake hands before their meeting in Pyongyang. (CCTV via AP)

BEIJING/SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping encouraged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday to continue negotiations with the U.S. toward denuclearization, seeking to solidify China's role as a mediator on the issue ahead of his own meeting with President Donald Trump.

Xi and Kim met in the North Korean capital during the Chinese leader's two-day trip to the country. He is the first Chinese leader to visit the North in 14 years.

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