North Korea says China envoy stressed stance on developing relations: KCNA

Frederick Owens
November 20, 2017

Analysts expect Song to address the nuclear standoff, which has roiled relations between the two Cold War-era allies as China has backed United Nations sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests and sixth nuclear blast.

It is still unclear whether Song will hold direct talks with Kim during this trip.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha will visit Beijing from Tuesday to arrange President Moon Jae In's first trip to China next month, the South Korean government said Monday.

British naval tactics dating from the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s should be applied to isolate North Korea, according to a former United States Navy officer who has also served as an advisor to senior U.S. politicians.

Trump last week concluded a 12-day, five-country trip to Asia which focused heavily on the global community's reaction to the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Song Tao, who heads the ruling Chinese Communist Party's International Department, made the comments after arriving in Pyongyang on Friday and visiting North Korean official, Choe Ryong Hae.

A meeting between Song and Kim Jong-un was seen as an opportunity for the envoy to deliver a letter from Chinese President Xi and discuss the North's nuclear and missile tests.

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"Song Tao informed in detail of the 19th National Congress of the CPC", the KCNA report said. KCNA said that according to Choe, China stands ready to develop "traditional friendly relations" between the two parties and countries.

The two ministers are also expected to hold discussions on ways to cooperate on peacefully resolving North Korea's nuclear issue, and on other issues on the Korean Peninsula, the statement said.

But some analysts and China's state media have been cautious about overly high expectations for Song's visit.

Song also traveled to Hoechang County, west of Pyongyang, to tour what was Chinese military forces' headquarters during the 1950-53 Korean War, it also said.

The last time China's special envoy for North Korea visited the country was in February a year ago.

China's Foreign Ministry responded that its "suspension for suspension" initiative is the most "reasonable proposal" to ease tensions.

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