NORTH KOREA could be trying to win over China before showdown talks with the United States and Donald Trump a former CIA station chief has warned.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un travelled to China on Monday for a top-secret meeting after a train designated for high-ranking North Korean officials was spotted pulling into Beijing on Monday under mysterious circumstances and heavy guard.
From The Express
The trip is believed to be the North Korean leader’s first trip outside the country since his ascent to power.
Scott Uehlinger, a former CIA station chief suggested the leader of the rogue state could be trying to win over China before his showdown meeting with President Donald Trump which is expected to take place in May.
He said: “He has a state visit scheduled with the South Korean President in April and then we possibly have the talks with Trump coming up in May.
“Kim Jong-un is going to them China somewhat layout to them what his negotiating position is going to be with the United States and see if he can get the support of China.”
Mr Uehlinger also told Fox Business that Kim Jong-un’s potential talks with the United States could take place in China.
“It would be a logical place,” he said. “I think they have discussed Scandinavia, but I think China would be a very logical place as well.”
The comments come after a train arrived late in Beijing on Monday evening resembling the one used by Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, who visited the country before his death in 2011.
Several train stations were shut down in Beijing on Monday, which further stoked the rumours of a North Korean visit.
The armoured North Korean train pulled into Beijing under heavy guard, with later footage showing a car driving away under police escort.
Jacques deLisle, who teaches Chinese law and politics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, added: “The Chinese want a sense of what Kim expects or is seeking in the meeting with the US if it ever occurs, as well as their attempt, of course, to influence it.”
According to the sources, the secretive visit is aimed at improving ties with Beijing.
Relations between North Korea and China have been strained after Beijing imposed tougher sanctions on the hermit kingdom.