In this photo provided by China's official Xinhua News Agency, Wang Jiarui, right, the head of the Chinese leadership's international affairs office, meets with North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong

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In this photo provided by China's official Xinhua News Agency, Wang Jiarui, right, the head of the Chinese leadership's international affairs office, meets with North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, a senior Workers’ Party official and the military’s top political officer, left, in Beijing, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un veered from threats of nuclear war to tentative diplomacy by sending a trusted confidant to China on Wednesday, a high-profile outreach to Beijing’s new leadership at a time of strained ties between the allies. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Ding Lin) NO SALES less 

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Wed, May 22, 2013 3:22 PM EDT