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Topic - Choe Ryong-Hae
A North Korean delegation to China appears to have been gently snubbed ahead of a meeting Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to one regional analyst, who say the visitors' treatment is part of Beijing's effort to reign in its troublesome, isolated and poverty stricken neighbor.
North Korea has sent a top military officer to China to act as a "special envoy," diplomats said.
North Korea parlayed the success of last week's rocket launch to glorify leader Kim Jong-un and his late father on Sunday, the eve of the first anniversary of his death.
military official Choe Ryong Hae, meanwhile, warned that the army was prepared to defend the country's sovereignty.