Chinese envoy arrives in North Korea

February 7, 2010

SEOUL(AP)– A senior Chinese official arrived in North Korea on Saturday in what is seen as a mission to jump-start stalled international talks on ending the reclusive state's nuclear weapons programs.

Wang Jiarui, head of the liaison office of China's ruling Communist Party, got off an airport bus in the capital Pyongyang and shook hands with a North Korean official, according to footage aired by television broadcaster APTN in Pyongyang.
Wang was to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and deliver a message from Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported Saturday, citing unidentified South Korean presidential officials.
The four-day trip is part of a regular exchange of visits by the longtime allies, it said.