China’s top diplomat has praised the leadership of North Korea and vowed closer ties despite an international outcry over the isolated state’s recent missile launch. Dai Bingguo, who is China’s most senior official on foreign policy, made the comments Sunday in a meeting in Beijing with Kim Yong-Il, a visiting top official with North Korea’s ruling Korean Workers’ Party. The meeting follows the April 13 launch of what Pyongyang says was a communications satellite, but which the United States has called a disguised ballistic missile test. It said the rocket disintegrated minutes after launch. The United States and other critics have said the launch violated UN restrictions imposed on North Korea. The UN Security Council strongly condemned it and said it would tighten existing sanctions. But Dai had warm words for the leadership of Kim Jong-Un, who took the reins of the poor and isolated state after the December death of his father, longtime supreme leader Kim Jong-Il. Dai told Kim Yong-Il that Beijing would work with Pyongyang to “push friendly and cooperative China-North Korean relations to a new level”, a statement released late Sunday by China’s foreign ministry said. “Under the leadership of Korean Workers’ Party First Secretary, comrade…
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