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Kim Jong Un meets high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pyongyang

AP  |  Pyongyang 

North Korean leader Un has met with a high-ranking Chinese in Pyongyang, amid a flurry of diplomacy following Kim's recent surprise visit to

Song Tao, who heads the ruling Communist Party's International Department, led an art troupe to to attend an arts festival, according to

Kim made an unannounced trip to last month ahead of potentially breakthrough meetings with South Korean Moon Jae-in and U.S.

Kim's trip, during which he met with Chinese Xi Jinping, was considered an attempt to repair traditionally warm ties with that have deteriorated over North Korea's development of ballistic missile and and China's enforcement of economic sanctions.

Kim said during his meeting with Song on Saturday that he and Xi "reached important consensus" in Beijing, according to China's official Agency.

Song agreed that the two leaders had reached consensus, and said is willing to work with to safeguard peace on the Korean Peninsula, Xinhua reported.

Kim is scheduled to meet with Moon on April 27 in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas. He is expected to meet with Trump in May or June.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 18:15 IST