Kim Jong-un meets top Chinese official, calls for strengthening ties

Local residents worried that the large appearing of toads was a sign of impending earthquake

Local residents worried that the large appearing of toads was a sign of impending earthquake

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met with a Chinese official leading an art troupe to Pyongyang.

The KCNA said that Kim and Song had in-depth discussions and exchanged views on the "important matters" of mutual concern and the global situation. It, however, did not specify what the important matters were.

Mr. Kim's friendly welcome also contrasted with the reception that Mr. Song received the last time he visited North Korea, as a special envoy of Mr. Xi in November. As he accorded warm hospitality to Song, Kim remembered his recent visit to China.

South and North Korean leaders are preparing to hold their talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27.

Pyongyang celebrates the successful completion of the hydrostatic test for a intercontinental ballistic rocket installation in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, North Korea.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Song reportedly responded by saying it is China's unshakable policy to consolidate and develop their relations.

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