N. Korean envoy warns China: No peace guarantee

May 24, 2013, 4:32 AM EDT
In this May 23, 2013 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Liu Yunshan, right, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with North Korean envoy Choe Ryong Hae in Beijing, China.
(AP Photo/Xinhua, Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING (AP) — China's state media says an envoy from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned there is no guarantee of peace on the Korean Peninsula, but also stressed that his country is willing to hold talks with all sides to find a solution.

The Xinhua News Agency quoted North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae as making the comments Friday to Gen. Fan Changlong in Beijing on the third day of a fence-mending visit to his country's most important ally.

Choe's mission marks the first high-level, face-to-face contact between the two governments in a half-year, an unusual gap during which Pyongyang angered Beijing by conducting rocket launches and nuclear tests and other saber-rattling.

Choe was expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and deliver a message from Kim before returning.