Senior Chinese diplomat, "large-scale" art troupe headed to North Korea: KCNA

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The North's official Korea Central News Agency said the visit by the art troupe would strengthen the countries' friendly relations "onto a new high stage" following leader Kim's "first historic visit to China".

Song last visited the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in November to discuss the outcome of China's 19th Communist Party Congress.

The festival is held in Pyongyang as part of the commemorations for the anniversary of the birth of the North's founder Kim Il Sung on April 15, 1912.

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The comments come as diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear crisis moves forward with surprising speed after the North agreed to join the Olympics, opening the door for the first formal talks with Seoul in more than two years and reducing tensions that had spiked after months of saber-rattling and missile and nuclear tests by the North.

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"I think this will play a positive role in the deepening the cultural exchanges between China and the DPRK", Geng said, using the North's acronym.

Seoul, Baik added, "will watch with interest whether it will lead to a performance in China by North Korean artists that was cancelled in December 2015".

Song visited Pyongyang in November past year as a special envoy of Xi, but he could not meet with Kim Jong-un.

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