North Korea sends China's key key ally diplomatic

BEIJING – North Korea is sending its foreign minister allied to China's key talks amid a stall in an attempt to persuade Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear programs.

Ri Yong Ho had to arrive late Thursday and meet on Friday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

China is the most important economic and political partner in the North, but has joined UN sanctions to exert pressure on leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his initiative to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to deliver them.

Kim abruptly lifted tensions with nuclear and missile tests last year, but suddenly he reached South Korea and the United States this year with a vague effort on nuclear disarmament.

North Korea is looking for security guarantees from the United States and international sanctions.

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