North Korea enigmatic on Chinese envoy's visit

North Korea enigmatic on Chinese envoy's visit

North Korea enigmatic on Chinese envoy's visit

Song Tao, center left, the head of China's ruling Communist Party's International Liaison Department, and Choe Ryong Hae, center right, vice chairman of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling party, pose for a photo at the Mansudae Assembly Hall, in Pyongyang Friday.

Trump showed his expectation for China's sending of the envoy, tweeting that "A big move, we'll see what happens!".

On Friday, the Chinese Defense Ministry sad that both China and Russian Federation are against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitutde Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, which was said to be deployed to counter North Korean missiles.

This photo, provided by The Associated Press on November 17, 2017 shows Song Tao, a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Choe Ryong-hae, a senior North Korean party official, in Pyongyang.

China has not officially provided any details of Song's visit to Pyongyang or his meetings with North Korean officials.

Analysts expect Song to address the nuclear standoff, which has roiled relations between the two Cold War-era allies as China has backed United Nations sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests and sixth nuclear blast.

China, which has so far played down Song's visit, remains cautious not to expect any major breakthrough from the trip.

Song has already visited Vietnam and Laos to inform them of the results of the congress, a typical courtesy China extends other communist countries after such important meetings.

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The North's state-run daily Rodong Sinmun on Sunday reported on Chinese special envoy Song Tao's visit to the regime, including a banquet held for the envoy on Saturday.

"They said that the traditional friendship between China and North Korea was founded and cultivated by both countries former old leaders, and is valuable wealth for the two peoples", the department said.

The two sides "exchanged their views on such matters of mutual concern as the situation of the Korean Peninsula and region and bilateral relations", reported the KCNA that day.

The visit, whose length and content have not been specified in reports, is the first by a high-ranking Chinese official to North Korea in more than a year.

"Song is not a magician", the newspaper said in an editorial Friday.

"The key to easing the situation on the peninsula lies in the hands of Washington and Pyongyang".

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean peace and security affairs, and his U.S. counterpart, Joseph Yun, met on the southern resort island of Jeju, following a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump in Seoul last week. "If both sides insist on their own logic and refuse to move in the same direction, even if Song opens a door for talks, the door could be closed anytime".

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