China has been North Korea's only ally in the region though their relations took a nosedive of late over Pyongyang's reckless nuclear ambitions and also China's enforcing of the United Nation's sanctions imposed on the latter to curb its tests.
Some analysts, including David Lampton, professor and director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins - SAIS and the former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations, have said the close timing of the high-level bilateral talks is cause for optimism, but that Beijing will not likely concede on at least one important US demand.
North Korea and Dalian do not have direct scheduled flights, it was reported by AP. No decision has been made yet on the venue, although Singapore and the South Korean border town of Panmunjom are believed to be in consideration.
Trump announced the planned telephone call in a post on Twitter, just days after a US delegation returned from discussions in Beijing last week with no agreement on a long list of USA demands, and ahead of more negotiations next week.
Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as Central Intelligence Agency chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which the U.S. is still technically at war.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper cited two unidentified sources as saying that Xi had flown to Dalian on the coast east of Beijing to preside over the official launch of sea trials for China's first entirely self-built aircraft carrier.
The second summit between Kim and Xi came amid a flurry of top-level diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons program. A status quo, it's worth noting, that means that the decades-long United States military presence in Korea will remain for decades more to come.
President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim at a now undisclosed location to discuss recently implemented U.S sanctions, and the discourse between the two world leaders have been troubling.
The US leader said last week the time and place will be announced soon.
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