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(G.N.S) DT.15 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally greeted senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao in Pyongyang today, state media reported.

During the meeting, Kim extended his greetings to General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping and welcomed the Chinese art troupe headed by Song that will attend the "Spring of April" International Friendship Art Festival held in Pyongyang.

As he accorded warm hospitality to Song, Kim remembered his recent visit to China.

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In late March, Kim made a rare visit to Beijing and met Xi, Kim's first known journey overseas since he took power in 2011.

Song returned to Beijing without meeting Kim.

North Korea's relationship with its sole ally during the 1950-1953 Korean war had strained when China pushed United Nations to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons programme.

At the meeting with Song, Kim also said the warm welcome was 'due obligation and behavior of the host and close friend for him'.


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

Kim said he would develop their friendship into a "fresh phase of development as required by a new era by further strengthening of the bilateral relations".

This time around, Song promised "a fresh contribution to promoting the prolonged and stable development of the China-DPRK relations".

Both North Korean and foreign artists take part, and this year's week-long event includes concerts, dance performances and acrobatics.

The art troupe performed on Saturday at the Mansudae Art Theatre, and Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju watched a ballet 'Giselle, ' performed by the National Ballet of China.

In Sunday's report, she was addressed as the "Respectable Lady Ri Sol Ju".

At the moment when the DPRK-China friendly relations are moving towards a new and higher stage, General Secretary Xi sent a high-level and large-scale troupe to the DPRK, showing that Xi highly values the implementation of the consensus and revealing his friendly feelings of the DPRK people, he said.

Kim is scheduled to meet with Moon on April 27 in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas.

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