China has officially confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a diplomatic visit to Beijing from Sunday to Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping informed US President Donald Trump about the meeting in a personal message on Tuesday.

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After several reports claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embarked on a diplomatic visit to Beijing, Chinese state media confirmed the details on Wednesday. During his four-day “unofficial” visit, Kim vowed he remains committed to denuclearization in the Korea Peninsula, Chinese media reported.

According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, arrived in Beijing on Sunday at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. The visit marks the first known instance the North Korean leader has left his country since he assumed power in 2011.

During their summit, the North Korean leader told the Chinese president that “many important changes” are being carried out in the Korean Peninsula. Kim explained that he accepted the invitation to personally inform Xi of the current developing situation.

“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il,” Kim said, as cited by Xinhua. “The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.”

In a statement on Tuesday night, the White House said China had briefed the US on the visit on Tuesday, in a personal message from Xi to US President Donald Trump. “The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan,” read the White House statement. “We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea.”