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KIM Jong-un has reportedly sent a special message to President Xi Jinping praising Beijing's "success" in stemming the spread of coronavirus.

He sent the direct message in a dispatch to the Chinese leader hailing his country's efforts battling the outbreak, reported the Korean Central News Agency.

In the message, Kim "congratulated him, highly appreciating that he is seizing a chance of victory in the war against the unprecedented epidemic," according to the state-run news outlet.

"Kim Jong Un wished Xi Jinping good health, expressing conviction that the Chinese party and people would cement the successes made so far and steadily expand them and thus win a final victory under the wise guidance of Xi Jinping," it added.

North Korea did not specify when or how the "verbal" message had been delivered, reports Yonhap News.

It is at least the second time Kim - who recently reappeared after going AWOL for 20 days - has sent a message to his Chinese counterpart regarding the outbreak.

In January, he offered Norrth Korea's support and an "aid fund" to Beijing to help its fight against the virus.

North Korea claims to be free of the virus but it has shut its border with China and toughened quarantine rules.

It was previously reported Kim fled Pyongyang to stay at his luxurious beach retreat in Wonsan because of the outbreak.

Other rumours stated some of Kim's inner circle had contracted the killer virus, prompting his flight from the capital into seclusion.

North Korea however insists it still has zero cases of the coronavirus, which if true would make it one of the few nations in world untouched by the pandemic.

China has been accused of trying to cover up the global outbreak since it first emerged in the city of Wuhan.

A spy dossier claimed Beijing destroyed evidence of coronavirus in its state-run labs and silenced whistleblowers who tried to tell the world what was happening.

The dossier - which has been circulated by governments in the West - even alleges the secretive nation refused to provide live samples to international scientists working day and night to find a vaccine.

It claims Beijing deliberately obstructed efforts by other countries trying to tackle the deadly virus - which has so far claimed nearly 250,000 lives around the world.

The 15-page document - from the Five Eyes security alliance of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China.

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