|The North Korean embassy in Beijing is shown in a file photo. (File photo by= RFA)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] On Tuesday, North Korean officials attended a photo exhibition by the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang and stressed close relations in an indication the country is gearing up to resume face-to-face diplomacy suspended amid coronavirus concerns, state media showed.
Last Monday, a photo exhibition was held at the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang to mark the second anniversary of the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Li Jinjun, the Chinese ambassador to North Korea, stressed that Xi's visit to Pyongyang has "great significance of carrying forward the traditions and carving out the future" in the development of bilateral relations in the new era."
Several high-level officials in Pyongyang visited the exhibition, including Kim Song-nam, director of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Workers Party. Meanwhile, Kim stressed that the leaders of the two countries have made sure that the bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation develop into a "fresh high" despite the worsening global health crisis and serious changes in the regional and international political situation. North Korean state media shows that Pyongyang has avoided holding face-to-face meetings with foreign officials amid efforts to ward off COVID-19.