Kim, Xi reach consensus, to develop relations no matter the international situation – KCNA

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with China’s President Xi Jinping during Xi’s visit in Pyongyang, North Korea in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and China’s President Xi Jinping reached a consensus on “important issues,” and agreed on Friday they will carry forward friendly relations “whatever the international situation,” North Korean state media KCNA said on Saturday.

Xi left the North Korean capital Pyongyang on Friday after a two-day visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years.

China is North Korea’s only major ally and Xi’s visit was aimed at bolstering the isolated country against pressure from United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes and stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States.

The visit comes a week before Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump are due to meet at a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, amid a trade dispute that has rattled global financial markets.

During a luncheon on Friday, the last day of Xi’s visit to Pyongyang, the leaders discussed a series of plans for strengthening collaboration between their two countries, and talked about the “major internal and external policies” of their respective countries and exchanged views on domestic and international issues of mutual concern, KCNA said without elaborating.

Reporting by Joyce Lee and Hayoung Choi; editing by Sandra Maler and G Crosse

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