North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met a visiting Chinese delegation led by the Vice President Li Yuanchao in Pyongyang on Thursday (July 25), the North's state media said.

The North's state-run television KRT broadcast on Friday (July 26) a video of Kim meeting the delegation and receiving gifts from China.

KRT said Li Yuanchao conveyed the greetings and messages of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kim.

The delegation had arrived in Pyongyang earlier on Thursday and met with North Korean high-ranking officials including the president of the Presidium of the North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong-nam, and the vice-president of the Assembly Yang Hyong-sop.

The Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported that Li, who was tapped for the vice president post in March of this year, is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit North Korea under Kim Jong-un's rule.

The Chinese delegation will be attending events marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. The anniversary is known in the North as the "Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War," and falls on Saturday, July 27.

North Korea has used the anniversary to underscore its defiance of U.N. sanctions, and its resolve in light of a perception of chilling ties with its sole major ally, China.

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