North Korea's foreign minister arrives in China's capital Beijing on visit: Japan's Kyodo news agency

 North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Vientiane on July 25. He has visited Beijing, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Monday (Sept 12).
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Vientiane on July 25. He has visited Beijing, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Monday (Sept 12).PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, formerly the country's chief nuclear negotiator, arrived in Beijing on Monday (Sept 12) and was seen entering the country's embassy, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

Mr Ri left Pyongyang to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement countries in Venezuela and later the United Nations General Assembly, the Associated Press reported from Pyongyang, without citing a source.

His trip comes amid a fresh push by the United States and South Korea for new sanctions against the secretive North after its fifth nuclear test last Friday.

China is North Korea's main diplomatic ally.

A push for further sanctions was "laughable", North Korea said on Sunday, vowing to continue to strengthen its nuclear power.