Chinese Envoy Meets Kim Jong-il

      December 10, 2010 07:53

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right) holds the hand of visiting Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo as they walk together in Pyongyang on Thursday. /AP-Newsis

      Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Thursday morning, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting came 11 days after Dai met with President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul on Nov. 28, right after the North's artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island.

      But officials were tight-lipped about the content of the meeting. "The two sides exchanged candid and profound views on bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. They also shared views on important points," Xinhua said.

      In a press briefing the same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu confirmed Dai's visit to Pyongyang but when asked what was discussed she said, "I have no more detailed information than what has been announced."

      Dai arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday. He spoke with the North's Vice Premier Kang Sok-ju before meeting with Kim.

      The North's official Korean Central News Agency also blandly reported the meeting, in which the two sides "held talks on matters of mutual concern, as well as on how to further develop the bilateral friendship."

      A diplomatic source in Beijing said, "They probably agreed that they want to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the North Korean nuclear issue through the six-party nuclear talks."

      The source said there is unlikely to be a sea change in the situation.

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