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North Korean, Chinese FMs meet ahead of major summits

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Wang Yi. AFP

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s foreign minister told his North Korean counterpart yesterday that Beijing appreciates Pyongyang’s efforts to ease nuclear tensions ahead of planned summits between the North’s Kim Jong Un and the South Korean and US presidents.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho met China’s chief diplomat Wang Yi in Beijing just a week after Mr Kim made a surprise trip to the Chinese capital to meet President Xi Jinping.

The latest visit is part of a flurry of diplomacy that has eased regional tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Mr Wang told his counterpart the two foreign ministries should increase exchanges at all levels.

Mr Ri was heading a government delegation that left yesterday for a conference of foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement in Azerbaijan.

Mr Ri will also visit Russia and other former Soviet states.

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