N.Korean sports minister leaves for China

North Korean State media reported on Sunday that a group of delegates led by sports minister Kim Il Guk was headed for China on previous day.

No explanation was given for the visit, but as the two countries mark the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year, bilateral activities among senior officials are increasing.

On Friday Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong met North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un jointly designated 2024 as their countries' "Friendship Year" in New Year greetings messages they exchanged.