N.Korea Tries to Downplay Diplomatic Isolation

  • By Kim Myong-song

    July 04, 2016 09:39

    The North Korean regime is making maximum propaganda capital out of a bland message from Chinese President Xi Jinping to suggest its international isolation is less than total.

    The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Saturday said Xi sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a message saying the ties between Beijing and Pyongyang are a "valuable asset."

    Xi said he hopes to promote the welfare of both Chinese and North Koreans by continuing to develop bilateral and cooperative ties.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hugs a visiting special envoy of Cuban President Raúl Castro in Pyongyong on June 30. /Yonhap

    North Korea watchers said the message was merely a noncommittal response to Kim's message the previous day marking the 95th anniversary of China's Communist Party.

    On Friday, state TV also showed footage of Kim greeting a visiting special envoy of Cuban President Raúl Castro, and the state-run Rodong Sinmun daily also carried a front-page photo of Kim embracing the Cuban envoy.

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