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Talks Held between Kim Yong Nam and Wu Bangguo

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Beijing, October 18 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Talks were held between Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, and Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People Monday. At the talks the two sides informed each other of their countries' situation and exchanged views on the issue of further boosting the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries in the new century and a series of international matters of mutual concern and reached a consensus of views on the issues taken up.
    The DPRK side noted with high appreciation that the new collective leadership of China headed by Hu Jintao was attaching great importance to the development of the DPRK-China friendly relations and clarified once again the stand of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government to make energetic efforts together with the Chinese comrades to lift the relations to a new stage.
    The DPRK side congratulated the Chinese people on the successes they had gained in socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics and wished them greater advance in the drive to build a comprehensively well-off society and achieve the country's reunification.
    Referring to the fact that under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il the army and people of the DPRK were defending the dignity and sovereignty of the country and gains of socialism and accelerating the building of a great prosperous powerful nation, single-heartedly united around the headquarters of the revolution, the DPRK side expressed the unshakable will to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula by finding a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue and achieve the independent reunification of the country through national cooperation.
    The Chinese side said it was of great importance in further developing the Sino-Korean friendly relations in the new century to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the DPRK and, in particular, several China visits by Kim Jong Il in recent years had served as a good foundation for the development of the bilateral relations.
    The Chinese side underscored the need to further develop the Sino-Korean friendly and cooperative relations in various fields in the new century.
    The Chinese side said it was pleased to note that the Korean people were registering successes, overcoming difficulties in the spirit of self-reliance and fortitude under the leadership of the WPK headed by Kim Jong Il, and expressed support to the positive efforts of the DPRK side for a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.
    Present at the talks on the DPRK side were members of the delegation Ri Ju O, minister of Light Industry, Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Kim Yong Jae, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, Choe Jin Su, DPRK ambassador e.p. to China, and suite members.
    Present on the Chinese side were Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai, Deputy Secretary General of the NPC Standing Committee Wang Yunlong, Chinese Ambassador e.p. to the DPRK Wu Donghe, Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NPC Wang Yingfan, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhou Wenzhong, and officials concerned.
    The talks proceeded in a sincere and friendly atmosphere.

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