North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday on his re-election, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.
Xinhua said congratulatory messages came from the leaders of Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, and North Korea.
Kim congratulated the Chinese Communist Party on its 19th National Congress and Xi on re-election as the party's general secretary and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
"Today, the Chinese people have taken the road to socialist construction for China of a new era under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party" led by Xi, he said. He said he is confident that relations between the two countries will develop in the interest of their peoples.
The website of the Chinese Communist Party's International Liaison Department carried a photo of North Korean ambassador to Beijing Ji Jae-ryong delivering the message to the department's deputy chief Xu Luping.
But stock expressions like "brotherly Chinese people" and North "Korea-China friendship," which were included in Kim's message in 2012 when Xi was elected party general secretary for the first time, were conspicuous by their absence.
North Korea is peeved that China has joined international sanctions against the regime over its nuclear and missile programs.
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