Kim Jong-un, Senior Chinese Official Discuss 'Important Matters'

Kim Jong-un, Senior Chinese Official Discuss 'Important Matters'

Observers say the media coverage on the birthday of the country's late founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather underscores the North's intentions to strengthen ties with China ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

Since early in the morning people had been carrying flowers to the monuments of Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong Il on Mansu hill in the center of Pyongyang.

"It does not matter how the worldwide situation changes".

Missiles and rockets "do not fit this year's theme" of the festival, Kim Ji Sung, a 24-year-old Japanese-speaking guide, told Kyodo News, calling the theme "Kimilsungias in full bloom with yearning for our leader". Despite placing greater importance on national holidays, traditional holidays in North Korea are still observed and are comprised of cultural activities that are also recognized by South Korea. On April 8, around 600 foreigners participated in a Pyongyang marathon organized for the commemoration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has personally greeted senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao in Pyongyang on Sunday, state media reported.

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Song is heading a delegation that arrived in Pyongyang on Friday which includes an art troupe taking part in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

Kim met Song Tao, the head of the Communist Party of China's International Department, on Saturday, and the two exchanged "profund views on the important matters of mutual concern", Efe quoted the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying. The committee head thus requested China to play a "constructive role" in denuclearizing North Korea. That contrasts with Song's last visit to Pyongyang last November, when he was sent as Xi's special enjoy to discuss the outcome of China's 19th Party Congress. Song returned to Beijing without meeting Kim.

Song highlighted that China's vision for its One Belt, One Road development policy can be shared with South Korea's New North policy, contending that the cooperation between the two countries can create more opportunities.

Inter-Korean relations, meanwhile, have been improving since the North chose to take part in the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics hosted by the South.

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