China, North Korea Pump Up Ties During Kim's Visit

North Korean leader says he's rejoin nuclear talks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2010 4:37 PM CDT
China, North Korea Pump Up Ties During Kim's Visit
In this image made Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 from China Central Television footage, North Korea's Kim Jong Il, left, walks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, right.   (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN)

Kim Jong-Il and Hu Jintao cozied up during their secretive five-day meeting in China, with Hu using economic development aid for the impoverished North to prod Pyongyang into a return to six-party talks on nuclear disarmament. As the LA Times reports, Kim's trip clearly snubbed Jimmy Carter, seeming to indicate that North Korea has given up on relations with the US to focus on China.

The two countries certainly reveled in their shared communist past: "Through this visit, the North Korean side had yet another in-depth experience of the preciousness, of the friendship created by older generations of revolutionaries of both countries," Kim said in a statement released today by Beijing. (More Hu Jintao stories.)

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