PYONGYANG, May 22 (Xinhua) -- A special envoy of Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here Wednesday for a visit to China, the official KCNA news agency reported.
Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, left Pyongyang by air for the visit, the KCNA said.
It is the first time that a DPRK envoy visits China since Kim took power after his father Kim Jong Il died in December 2011.
DPRK releases Chinese fishing boat, fishermen
BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese fishing boat held by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) with 16 fishermen onboard was released early on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press conference here, quoting report by the owner of the vessel. Full story
China calls for strict implementation of UN resolutions concerning DPRK
BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Monday called for the full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired missiles into the East Sea.
The DPRK Monday fired two more short-range missiles into the East Sea, after launching one on Sunday and three on Saturday, according to Yonhap News Agency of the Republic of Korea (ROK). Full story
DPRK fires short-range missile into East Sea: media
SEOUL, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday fired a short-range missile into the East Sea, Yonhap News Agency said quoting an anonymous Seoul military official.
The launch came a day after the DPRK fired three short-range guided missiles into the same body of water, according to the report. Full story
U.N. chief ready to boost peace process, trust building on Korean Peninsula: spokesman
UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (Xinhua) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to "help facilitate the process of peace and trust-building on the Korean Peninsula" to avoid "miscalculation and dangerous escalation," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Sunday.
The spokesman, in a note to the press here, made the statement after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday launched short-range guided missiles into the sea off the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula. Full story
UN chief urges DPRK to return to negotiating table
MOSCOW, May 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the negotiating table with international mediators.
Ban was concerned over the DPRK's latest short-range missile launches and urged the country "to refrain from further such acts," Ban told the RIA Novosti news agency. Full story
Abe's advisor Iijima returns, briefs his DPRK trip
TOKYO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Isao Iijima, an advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, returned Tokyo Saturday and briefed Cabinet Chief Secretary Yoshihide Suga on his unannounced visit to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reported local media.
Iijima said he had "frank talks" with senior DPRK officials, including Kim Yong Nam, chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Song Il Ho, ambassador for talks to normalize relations with Japan, Japan's Kyodo News citing a government official as saying. Full story