A senior Chinese official visiting North Korea told Kim Jong Un that China is willing to work with Pyongyang for the early resumption of international nuclear talks that have been stalled since 2008.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, met with Kim on Friday after arriving in Pyongyang to attend the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's Workers' Party, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

Kim told Liu that North Korea needs a "peaceful and stable external environment" as it strives to develop the economy, Xinhua reported.