Kim Jong Un hails Chinese delegation's "significant" visit to Pyongyang

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The Day of the Sun is one of the main public holidays in North Korea, which marks the birth anniversary of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of incumbent Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In pictures released by state media from a ballet performance late on Monday, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, were seen applauding, posing with dancers, and laughing with the head of the Chinese Communist Party's global liaison department, Song Tao.

South Korea's Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that the two sides had been discussing plans for a permanent end to the war at the North-South summit, citing an unidentified South Korean official with knowledge of the matter.

At the meeting with Song, Kim also said the warm welcome was 'due obligation and behavior of the host and close friend for him, ' and would offer 'all conditions for the Chinese art troupe at the highest level and on a top-priority basis, ' according to the KCNA. It was only Tao who greeted Kim on the border when he visited China last month to meet Xi Jinping.

After the show, Kim and Ri met the Chinese performers, "congratulated them on their successful performance", and took a group photograph.

China's state run Xinhua News Agency reported that the North Korean leader told the visiting diplomat that Kim and Xi (quote) "reached important consensus" in Beijing, referring to his first foreign trip early this month.

The two leaders used the March summit to agree to expand exchanges between Pyongyang and Beijing, and saw Xi accept an invitation to visit the DPRK in the near-future.

First lady Ri Sol Ju on Saturday watched a performance of "Giselle" at the Mansudae Art Theatre, the first concert by the Chinese art troupe at the 31st ASFAF.

A source in North Korea's North Hamgyong Province told Radio Free Asia the new apartments are being built in the Rason special economic zone, referring to a North Korean city bordering Russian Federation. He will be the first North Korean leader to step on South Korean soil since the 1950s.

This may be the media's attempt to package North Korea as a "normal state" that has a traditional "first couple", South China Morning Post said.

In stark contrast to the April 15 ceremony held a year ago, when a military parade showcased intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the state-run media seemed to rather emphasize Pyongyang's friendship with Beijing, TV Chosun reported.



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