Beijing: China`s top foreign policy official has met a North Korean delegation and expressed confidence in the country`s young leader just over a week after Pyongyang conducted a rocket launch that Beijing had discouraged.
The Foreign Ministry said State Councillor Dai Bingguo met a North Korean group led by Kim Yong Il, secretary of the central committee of the ruling Workers` Party and alternate member of the Political Bureau.
Dai says that he was confident that under Kim Jong Un, North Korea will continue to move toward building a prosperous country.
China is the North`s biggest ally but had expressed concern about its rocket launch, which the US said was a cover for testing long-range missile technology. The US suspended food aid to North Korea after the failed launch.
North Korea had touted the Unha-3 rocket that broke apart on April 13 as its most ambitious effort yet to join the exclusive club of space-faring nations. It said the rocket carried an Earth observation satellite, though many nations say the launch was a cover for testing long-range missile technology.
Analysts said Friday`s failure, which appeared to come in the rocket`s first stage, suggests that North Korea is not learning much from its mistakes. Its Unha rocket shots in 1998, 2006 and 2009 are all believed to have ended in failure.