'China will work with North Korea to boost ties'

'China will work with North Korea to boost ties'

North Korea has not conducted any missile tests since September 15, raising cautious hopes in the region that the country might be ready to ease tensions.

But asked by NK News whether the USA could live alongside a nuclear ICBM-capable North Korea - in the same way it has coexisted with nuclear-ICBM capable arsenals in China and Russia - General Hyten expressed preference toward a different outcome.

But some analysts and China's state media have been cautious about overly high expectations for Song's visit. "We do hope that special envoy will forward that goal".

Mr Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged messages of congratulations and thanks over the Chinese party congress, but neither leader has visited the other's country since assuming power.

Song arrived in Pyongyang on Friday and kicked off his trip with a meeting with Choe Ryong-hae, a vice chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee who is considered the second-most powerful figure in the regime, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

Hyten, who is commander of USSTRATCOM and was speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum, said it is his job is to "create the conditions for diplomacy to work, by being ready all the time...to respond to any event that comes out of North Korea".

"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.

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Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over North Korea's weapons.

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.

Washington has repeatedly called on Beijing, which accounts for 90 percent of Pyongyang's foreign trade, to put more economic pressure on the nuclear-armed North Korea. "The key to easing the situation in the peninsula lies in the hands of Washington and Pyongyang".

"We can expect some face-saving, assuring but very general and abstract commitments with no substance changes in North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes", Yuan said. "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 any time".

It is not clear whether Song will meet North Korea's youthful leader Kim Jong Un. Perhaps the lowest point since the Korean War.

China has previously pushed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over North Korea; however, Pyongyang has so far ignored Beijing's calls to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and return to the negotiating table.

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