China Tells NKorea's Kim It Can Help Revive Talks, Xinhua Says

A senior Chinese official visiting North Korea told Kim Jong Un that China is willing to work with the regime in Pyongyang for early resumption of international nuclear talks stalled since 2008, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, met with Kim on Friday after arriving in Pyongyang to attend the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, Xinhua said.

Kim told Liu that North Korea needs a “peaceful and stable external environment” as it strives to develop the economy, Xinhua reported. Liu is the highest Chinese official to visit North Korea since Kim took power in 2011.

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