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Senior Chinese official arrives in DPRK

By Agencies

Senior Chinese official arrives in DPRK
Wu Dawei, center, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, talks with Pak Song-il, right, deputy director of the America department at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, upon his arrival at Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, Feb 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

PYONGYANG — A Chinese envoy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has arrived in Pyongyang, the country's capital.

The visit of Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, comes after the North's fourth nuclear test on Jan 6, during which the DPRK says it successfully tested its first H-bomb.

Pak Song-il, deputy director of the America department at the DPRK's Foreign Ministry, greeted Wu in the VIP area of Pyongyang's airport.

DPRK authorities have not confirmed any details about Wu's visit, including how long he will be in Pyongyang or who he will meet.

Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Wu was expected to hold discussions with DPRK officials on the nuclear issue.

The DPRK is believed to be making preparations for a test launch of a long-range rocket, US officials have said, after activity at its test site was observed by satellite.

The DPRK has said it has a sovereign right to pursue a space program by launching rockets. But the United Nations see that activity as a missile program in disguise.

The Republic of Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday that Wu met his US counterpart, Sung Kim, last week following US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Beijing. Wu met his RPK counterpart last month.

Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last Wednesday agreed on the need for a significant new UN Security Council resolution against the North, but there were few signs of progress on agreeing on the details.

China disapproves of the North's nuclear program is making great efforts to achieve denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea is already under a wide array of international sanctions for its nuclear program. The US House of Representatives responded to the latest test with a vote last month to pass legislation that would broaden sanctions.

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