November 12, 2015 10:04
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last month told Liu Yunshan, the Chinese Communist Party's fifth-ranked official, that he wants to "ease tensions and seek amicable relations with South Korea."
Liu on Wednesday reported the remark to a group of South Korean lawmakers who are visiting Beijing, according to Saenuri Party lawmaker Suh Chung-won, who heads the group.
Liu visited Pyongyang in October to attend the 70th anniversary of the North Korean Workers Party and met the North Korean leader.
Liu predicted that cross-border relations will improve but it will merely "take some time." He added that Beijing supports peace on the Korean Peninsula since that is beneficial for China as well.
Liu played down press speculation that Kim will visit China next year.
Suh quoted him as saying, "Only Chinese and North Korean media can be trusted with news about North Korea."
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