BEIJING – A North Korean envoy, on the second day of his fence-mending visit to ally China, heeded Beijing’s wishes by offering to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state media said.
The accounts depicted Thursday’s meeting between North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae and Chinese Communist Party leader Liu Yunshan as paying Beijing the deference it sought after months of rising friction between the long-estranged allies.
Choe’s mission is the first high-level, face-to-face contacts between the two governments in a half-year, an unusual gap during which Pyongyang conducted rocket launches and nuclear tests and other saber-rattling.
The moves angered Beijing, which felt its interests in regional stability were not being heeded. It showed its displeasure by joining with the U.S. to back U.N. sanctions.