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A high-ranking Beijing official met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while leading a group of Chinese performers to Pyongyang, in apparent attempts to strengthen bilateral ties.

The North Korean regime is witnessing a period of intense diplomatic activity ahead of the historic summits it will hold with South Korea and the U.S. this spring to discuss sensitive matters including denuclearization.

The two countries' relations had been icy since China complied with global sanctions against trade with North Korea a year ago in response to nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Song, head of the International Department in the Communist Party's Central Committee, reportedly replied that it was the Chinese government and Communist Party's "firm policy" to work toward improving relations between both countries.

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The festival is a part of the celebrations of the Day of the Sun, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, founder and former president of North Korea. Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju, attended.

As he accorded warm hospitality to Song, Kim remembered his recent visit to China.

Pyongyang celebrates the successful completion of the hydrostatic test for a intercontinental ballistic rocket installation in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sent by President Xi Jinping to discuss the outcome of China's 19th Party Congress, Song had returned home without meeting Kim Jong-un. Kim and Song also exchanged their views on deepening the bilateral relations, the KCNA said.

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Song met several North Korean officials, including Choe, but not Kim.

Song also suggested that Seoul, Beijing, and Moscow establish a cooperative body to effectively develop border areas after peace settles on the Korean Peninsula.

The nation's leader Kim Jong Un, grandson of Kim Il Sung, is expected to talk about denuclearization with South Korean President Moon Jae In on April 27 and U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit to be held possibly by the end of May or in early June.

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