N.Korean Media Silent About FM's Contacts with China

In further signs that North Korea's relations with its sole ally China are at an all-time low, the North Korean press drew a sullen veil over Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong's meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Monday reported on Ri's meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Burma but made no mention of his meeting with Wang at the event.

It was the first meeting among the two top diplomats since Ri became foreign minister.

Until now, North Korea's foreign minister always met his Chinese counterpart first on the sidelines of the annual ARF. But this year, they did not meet until the plenary session was over.

China, on the other hand, featured the meeting prominently on its Foreign Ministry website.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 12, 2014 11:27 KST