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Kim visits China, says DPRK committed to denuclearization
 

BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il paid an unofficial visit to China from May 3 to 7, pledging his country is committed to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

The DPRK remains unchanged in sticking to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, Kim, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, told Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing.

The two leaders agreed that the peace, stability, prosperity on the Peninsula is in line with the common interests of China, the DPRK and the Northeast Asian countries, and the two sides will make joint efforts for denuclearization on the Peninsula in accordance with the joint statement the six parties involved in the nuclear talks released on Sept. 19, 2005.

The six parties, namely China, the United States, the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Russia, should demonstrate sincerity and make positive efforts for pushing forward the talks, said the two leaders.

Kim, also chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission, said the DPRK will work with China to create favorable conditions for restarting the six-party talks, which was launched in 2003 but hit a snag in April 2009 when Pyongyang pulled out of the talks in protest of the UN condemnation of its missile tests.

This was Kim's fifth visit to China since the new century with the latest in 2006. Besides Beijing, Kim also toured some of China's reform and opening-up fronts, including economic development zones, bonded ports, and hi-tech companies in the cities of Dalian, Tianjin and Shenyang.

During each of his visits to China, Kim said, he could always witness the new achievements made by Chinese people in the great cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics.

China's achievements are a great encouragement to the people of the DPRK, he said.

The DPRK's work in various fields is progressing orderly, and the core task of all the work of the DPRK party is to constantly improve the living standard of the people, Kim said.

With the principle of mutual benefit and win-win, the DPRK welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in the country and will actively lift the level and quality of bilateral pragmatic cooperation, Kim said.

In Dalian, a booming coastal city in northeast China, Kim told DPRK officials in his delegation to study the experience of China's renovation of its old industrial base.

TRADITIONAL FRIENDSHIP

During their talks, President Hu hailed the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK, saying China always treats the relations with the DPRK in a strategic and long-term perspective, and will make joint efforts with the DPRK to upgrade the relationship to benefit the two peoples and to contribute to lasting regional peace and common prosperity.

Hu put forward proposals on deepening China-DPRK ties, which include maintaining high-level contacts, reinforcing strategic coordination, deepening economic and trade cooperation, increasing personnel exchanges and strengthening coordination in international and regional affairs.

Echoing Hu, Kim vowed to lift the DPRK-China friendship to a new high in history.

The DPRK Party and government are determined to inherit and pass on the DPRK-China relations which have seen continuous consolidation and constant development, he said.

Apart from his talks with President Hu, also general secretary of the Communist party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Kim met separately with top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao, both member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee.

Other members of the Political Bureau Standing Committee Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, respectively accompanied Kim during the tour.

Premier Wen told Kim China and the DPRK are witnessing active exchanges and cooperation in various fields and Kim's visit will definitely help further deepen the traditional friendship between the two countries.

Wen visited the DPRK last October to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic ties.

China will, as always, support the DPRK for developing economy and improving people's livelihood and is willing to introduce to the DPRK the experience of China's reform and opening-up and construction, said Wen.

Wen said China and the DPRK enjoy big potential for developing economic and trade cooperation, urging the two sides to make joint efforts to advance major cooperative projects, quicken the infrastructure construction in border areas and explore new cooperative fields and methods so as to benefit the two peoples.

In his meeting with Kim, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, said China-DPRK ties have stood tests and seen constant development over the past 60 years.

The meetings of the two countries' leaders and their discussions of bilateral relations are of vital significance for the development of ties in the future, Wu said.



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