North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Ends Two-Day Trip to China
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will return to Pyongyang Wednesday after a two-day visit to China, the chief economic and diplomatic ally of his impoverished regime.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for supporting Kim's historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week. Kim also said Pyongyang and Beijing had entered into a new era of bilateral cooperation and friendship.
President Xi welcomed the young North Korean leader Tuesday during a reception at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. He was quoted as saying the summit marked an "important step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue" and hoped North Korea and the United States can "implement well the outcomes achieved at the summit."
Kim and President Donald Trump agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security agreements and a suspension of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that have angered Pyongyang.
Last week's summit was the first of its kind between a North Korean leader and a U.S. president.
This is Kim Jong Un's third visit to China this year. No official agenda has been announced for his schedule prior to his departure Wednesday.
Nearly 180 Passengers Still Missing in Indonesia Ferry Sinking
As many as 180 people are still missing after a ferry sank in at a popular lake on Indonesia's Sumatra island earlier this week.
Authorities have deployed divers and an underwater drone to search the 1,145-square kilometer Lake Toba for the sunken vessel, which was overloaded with passengers and dozens of motorcycles when it capsized Monday evening. Lake Toba, which fills the crater of a giant volcano that erupted tens of thousands of years ago, is a popular and picturesque destination for tourists.
Eighteen passengers were rescued hours after the accident, but further rescue efforts were hampered by high winds and rough waters. Authorities believe many of the victims are still inside the ferry.
Three bodies have been pulled out of Lake Toba since the sinking.
Ferry sinkings are a common tragedy in Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, due to weak enforcement of safety regulations.