North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has met with a high-ranking Chinese delegation that delivered a message of congratulations from Chinese President President Hu Jintao.

The North's state media reported Sunday that the Chinese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Wu Yi. China's state media said she expressed the Chinese president's congratulatory wishes on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North's Workers' Party of Korea.

Xinhua said the Chinese delegation is in the North for a three-day goodwill visit.

Neither Chinese nor North Korean media mentioned the nuclear crisis in their reports.

North Korea agreed last month during six-nation talks in Beijing to abandon its nuclear weapons program in return for economic aid, energy assistance and security assurances. But Pyongyang later said it first wants light-water nuclear reactors for civilian energy production.

The fifth round of six-nation talks is scheduled for early next month in Beijing.

Some information for this report provided by AP, FP and Reuters.