Friday, January 23, 2009

N Korea head 'meets China envoy'

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has met a visiting Chinese envoy, China's Xinhua news agency reports.

Wang Jiarui, a senior Chinese Communist Party official, met Kim Jong-il on a visit to the capital, Pyongyang.

The North Korea leader suffered a suspected stroke in August, since when he has not appeared at any major events.

Photographs of the 66-year-old visiting factories and farms have been released, but they have been undated.

The meeting with Mr Wang is Mr Kim's first reported meeting with a foreign dignitary since August.

Chinese media said Mr Wang has met Mr Kim several times in the past.

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