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NKorea premier to visit China amid missile fears

NKorea premier to visit China amid missile fears

North Korea's premier plans to visit China next week amid international concern Pyongyang is preparing for a missile test.
North Korean Premier Kim Yong Il will meet with Chinese leaders during the March 17-21 visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Tuesday. Details of the trip were still being discussed, Ma said.
China is North Korea's closest ally and has not commented directly on what Pyongyang has described as an upcoming satellite launch, but which many regional powers believe is a cover for the test-firing of a long-range missile.
"We hope relevant parties can do more things that are helpful to peace and stability in the region," Ma said, when asked about the possible missile test.
Tensions are high on the peninsula while South Korea and the U.S. conduct their annual military drills, which the North has condemned as a rehearsal for an invasion. Pyongyang ordered its troops on alert as the drills began and warned it would retaliate against anyone seeking to block its launch plan.
The launch could come late this month or in early April, around the time North Korea's new parliament, elected Sunday, convenes with leader Kim Jong Il at the helm.


Updated : 2020-12-01 14:17 GMT+08:00