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North Korean Envoy Visits China To Repair Ties

19 June 2013

A top North Korean negotiator has arrived at China’s Foreign Ministry for strategic talks following a rough patch in relations between the communist allies and Pyongyang’s surprise weekend call for dialogue with the US. North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan was expected to discuss bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Wednesday. Beijing hopes the discussions will lead to a resumption of long-stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. North Korea angered China, its most important ally, with a long-range rocket launch and nuclear test over recent months.—AP