North Korea's Kim Jong Un greets Chinese official, calls for stronger ties

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, establish lasting peace and improve inter-Korean relations.

At the meeting with Song, Kim also said the warm welcome was 'due obligation and behavior of the host and close friend for him'.

The two sides also exchanged views on strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the two parties and two countries, as well as global and regional issues of common concerns.

Kim expressed "satisfaction" over the recent development related to the bilateral relations between the two countries, the KCNA said, apparently pointing to his surprise visit to Beijing last month and summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is the official name for North Korea.

In late March, Kim made a rare visit to Beijing and met Xi, Kim's first known journey overseas since he took power in 2011.

Another photo showed a North Korean orchestra performing with a large picture of Xi projected in the background.

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The visit to North Korea is Song's second in five months, and comes amid a resumption of high-level exchanges created to fix strained ties over Pyongyang's nuclear brinkmanship, and just weeks ahead of Kim's planned meetings with his United States and South Korean counterparts.

Song and Kim also exchanged their views on deepening bilateral relations, the KCNA said, with Kim saying he would develop their friendship into a "fresh phase of development". The 1950-53 Korean war ended in an armistice rather than a formal peace deal.

In the meantime, by meeting Song, Kim sent a strong message to Washington and Seoul that amid US President Donald Trump's repeated threats of military strikes, Pyongyang still has a powerful ally.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju held a grand reception for the Chinese art troupe on Saturday night with participation of senior DPRK officials.

"First Lady Ri Sol Ju enjoyed a ballet choreodrama "Giselle" given by the National Ballet of China", KCNA reported, adding she held "friendly talk" with the guests ahead of the performance.

When nuclear-armed North Korea put on a flower show past year to celebrate the birthday of its founder Kim Il Sung, scale model rockets were on display.

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