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Kim expressed 'concern' over US, N. Korea 'impasse' to Xi: KCNA

AFP  |  Seoul 

North Korean leader Un expressed "concern" about the deadlock in denuclearisation discussions in his talks with Chinese Xi Jinping, Pyongyang's reported Thursday.

Kim "raised concern about the impasse created in the process of improving US-DPRK ties and in denuclearisation talks", the official agency said.

Kim said Pyongyang's "basic position of pursuing a peaceful resolution through dialogue remains unchanged", it added.

is the North's main diplomatic backer and key trade partner, whose forces were instrumental in fighting for it during the 1950-53 Korean War.

According to KCNA, issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position.

"said that the legitimate issues raised by the DPRK are rightful demands and that he fully agrees that the DPRK's reasonable interests should be justly resolved," it said.

It added that Xi accepted an invitation by Kim to visit the North "at a convenient time" and "informed him of related plans".

It would be Xi's first trip to since he took power in 2012.

But it is not the first time has said Xi has accepted such an invitation -- it did so in March last year after Kim went to for the first time as leader, but Xi has yet to make a return journey.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 06:25 IST