Kim Jong-un meets top Chinese official, calls for strengthening ties

  • Kim Jong-un meets top Chinese official, calls for strengthening ties

Kim Jong-un meets top Chinese official, calls for strengthening ties

Photographs carried by the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Chinese and North Korean officials seated at round tables in a massive banquet hall, with a mural of Kim and Xi shaking hands decorating one wall.

"Exchanged in earnest at the meeting were profound views on the important matters of mutual concern. and the global situation", the KCNA said.

"He said with deep emotion that the Chinese comrades accorded cordial hospitality to him with utmost sincerity in token of warm comradely friendship during his recent unforgettable visit to China", the KCNA said.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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

He said that the visit of the Chinese art troupe to the DPRK aims to implement the consensus, enrich the China-DPRK friendship, promote exchanges and cooperation between the two parties and enhance cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries.

Song's latest trip to Pyongyang is in sharp contrast to his visit in November past year.

He said that the Chinese art troupe felt that Chairman Kim, the WPK and the DPRK people attach great importance to China-DPRK relations, and also felt their friendly feelings towards General Secretary Xi, the CPC and the Chinese people from the moment the delegation arrived in Pyongyang.

Kim is expected to meet US President Donald Trump soon, and last month he made his first overseas trip since inheriting power to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Song returned to Beijing without meeting Kim.

It's yet another sign of Kim's supposed willingness to improve worldwide tensions, with planned meetings with South Korean officials and Donald Trump.

The two sides will hold another working-level meeting on Wednesday to agree on protocol, security measures and media coverage of the April 27 summit.

"By meeting Song and patching over relations with China, he is trying to build a safety net for his regime".

The troupe performed on Saturday at the Mansudae Art Theatre, and North Korean leader Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju watched a ballet, "Giselle", performed by the National Ballet of China, but Kim was not present, the KCNA said. Kim did not attend the show.