Kim, Chi­nese en­voy meet:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with a high-rank­ing Chi­nese diplo­mat in Py­ongyang, amid a flurry of diplo­macy fol­low­ing Kim’s re­cent sur­prise visit to Bei­jing.

Song Tao, who heads the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment, led an art troupe to Py­ongyang to at­tend an arts fes­ti­val, ac­cord­ing to China’s For­eign Min­istry.

Kim made an unan­nounced trip to Bei­jing last month ahead of po­ten­tially break­through meet­ings with South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Kim’s trip, dur­ing which he met with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, was con­sid­ered an at­tempt to re­pair tra­di­tion­ally warm ties with China that have de­te­ri­o­rated over North Korea’s de­vel­op­ment of bal­lis­tic mis­sile and nu­clear weapons tech­nol­ogy and China’s en­force­ment of United Na­tions eco­nomic sanc­tions.

Kim said dur­ing his meet­ing with Song on Satur­day that he and Xi “reached im­por­tant con­sen­sus” in Bei­jing, ac­cord­ing to China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency. (AP)

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