Report: China’s premier to visit N. Korea

Wen Jiabao (right) and Kim Yong II will have talks next month according to reports.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit North Korea for two days next month, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

The trip set for October 4 to 6 is at the invitation of North Korea’s government, according to KCNA. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no information on the visit. The planned visit comes amid efforts to draw North Korea back to six-party nuclear disarmament talks. North Korea pulled out in April, protesting the United Nations’ condemnation over its nuclear test and missile launches. The six-party negotiations include the United States, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia. Pyongyang has recently signaled its willingness to re-engage with the United States.