February 1, 2020 / 11:26 AM / 18 days ago

North Korea's Kim offers condolences to China's Xi about virus outbreak: KCNA

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath laying ceremony at a navy memorial in Vladivostok, Russia April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping offering condolences about the coronavirus outbreak in China, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.

Kim “expressed the conviction that the party, government and people of China would surely emerge victorious in the campaign to combat the disease” under Xi’s guidance, KCNA said.

China is the closest ally that isolated North Korea has. The country has canceled most flights to China, imposed mandatory quarantine on all arrivals from China, and heavily restricted border crossings following the outbreak.

Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Frances Kerry

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