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(4th LD) China's Xi urges calm, restraint during meeting with N. Korean delegation

All News 19:00 June 01, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with Chinese president's remarks; CHANGES headline)
By Kim Deok-hyun

BEIJING, June 1 (Yonhap) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting high-level North Korean delegation on Wednesday that Beijing hopes all parties will remain calm and exercise restraint on the Korean Peninsula, China's official media reported.

Xi also told the North Korean delegation led by Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, that Beijing wants to develop friendly ties with Pyongyang, according to a report by China's Xinhua news agency.

It was the first time in about three years that Xi has met senior North Korean officials as their political ties remain cool over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Ri arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a three-day visit, in an apparent bid to normalize the soured political ties.


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