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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un congratulates Xi on coronavirus handling

North Korean leader says relations with China are 'firmly consolidated'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, walks alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter's visit to Pyongyang, North Korea in this picture released on June 21, 2019. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea lashed out at South Korea over recent military drills, while leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal message to China's Xi Jinping to congratulate him on that country's success in controlling the coronavirus, state media KCNA reported on Friday.

A North Korean military representative said on Friday that recent South Korean military drills were a grave provocation that demanded a reaction, according to KCNA.

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