Choe, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army of North Korea, walks at Pyongyang airport before leaving for China

 
Choe, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People
Choe Ryong-hae (C), director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army (KPA) of North Korea, walks with Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongcai (2nd R) before departing Pyongyang airport for China, in this May 22, 2013 picture released by the North Korea's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang. North Korea sent Choe, one of its top military officials, as a "special envoy" from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally. REUTERS/KCNA