The announcement of the first summit’s date came when Kim Yong Chol visited Trump at the White House last June. About 10 days after that visit, Trump and Kim Jong Un held their unprecedented summit in Singapore.
Satellite images and internet scrutiny of the North suggest that Pyongyang is newly interested in biotechnology and germ advances. In 2015, state media showed Kim Jong Un, the nation’s leader, touring a biological plant, echoing his nuclear propaganda.
Kim's trip to China is believed to be an effort to coordinate with Beijing ahead of a possible second summit with Trump. It comes after US and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of the summit.
Kim said he is willing to meet Trump again anytime to achieve their common goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, but warned he may have to take an alternative path if U.S. sanctions and pressure against the country continued.
In 2017, Kim Jong Un's rapid-fire missile tests brought him to the brink with President Donald Trump and 2018 saw his sudden rise on the world stage with hints of detente, summits with China and South Korea and an unprecedented meeting with Trump in Singapore.