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China mum about whether Xi will meet Trump, Kim in Singapore

Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China's Foreign Ministry on Friday declined to comment on reports saying President Xi Jinping may meet in Singapore next month with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Some media have reported that Xi may travel to Singapore when Trump and Kim meet there next month, saying leaders of the countries that signed the armistice to halt the 1950-1953 Korean War could gather there to agree the armistice be replaced with a formal peace treaty.

Asked about the reports at a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang declined to comment.

Geng said only that China hopes that the first-ever U.S.-North Korean summit "will become an important step to attain long-term stability in the region."

Trump said Thursday that he will meet with Kim on June 12 in Singapore in an attempt to achieve denuclearization of the divided Korean Peninsula.

At their landmark summit on April 27, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae In agreed to pursue "complete denuclearization" on the peninsula and strive to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War.

That war ended with an armistice agreement signed on July 27, 1953 by the U.S.-led United Nations Command, North Korea and China.

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