China's Hu invites North Korea's Kim to visit-KCNA

Chinese President Hu Jintao has invited reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for a visit.

China's Hu invites North Korea's Kim to visit-KCNA

Chinese President Hu Jintao has invited reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for a visit.

The invitation, made to a visiting official of the North's ruling Workers' Party, Choe Thae-bok, came in a meeting on Wednesday where the two countries pledged to strengthen ties as they celebrate 60 years of alliance.

"At the meeting, comrade Hu Jintao asked Choe Thae-bok to convey his invitation to General Secretary Kim Jong-il to visit China at a time convenient to him," the North's official KCNA news agency said on Thursday.

Kim said during a visit to Pyongyang by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao earlier this month that his country would be willing to return to the six-way disarmament talks, but after holding direct talks with the United States.

A senior North Korean nuclear envoy is in the United States and meeting State Department officials on the sidelines of academic seminars. The meetings may be a prelude to a visit to Pyongyang by senior U.S. nuclear envoys, analysts said.

Kim's last trip to China was in January 2006.

A trip to China in 2000 was soon followed by a summit in Pyongyang with South Korea's leader and the start of two major development projects in North Korea.



Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ekim 2009, 15:10
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