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Kim Yong Nam Pays Courtesy Call on Hu Jintao

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Beijing, October 19 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, on an official goodwill visit to China paid a courtesy call on Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, on Tuesday. At the meeting Kim Yong Nam conveyed warm regards from leader Kim Jong Il to Hu Jintao.
    Hu Jintao expressed thanks for this and asked Kim Yong Nam to convey his warm greetings to Kim Jong Il.
    Kim Yong Nam said that the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the opening of the DPRK-China diplomatic relations was of great significance in developing bilateral relations in the new century.
    It is an invariable stand of the WPK and government of the DPRK to inherit and develop the friendly relations between the two countries, he stressed.
    Hu Jintao said that it was important for both sides to steadily develop in the new century the Sino-DPRK friendly relations that were provided by the revolutionaries of the elder generation of the two countries and stood the test of history, adding that the Sino-DPRK friendly and cooperative ties have incessantly developed under the deep care of the top leaders of the two parties and countries in recent years.
    The party and government of China place high importance on the development of the Sino-DPRK relations and vigorously promote cooperation in various fields in the spirit of "inheriting the tradition, facing up to the future and strengthening the good neighborliness and cooperation," he noted, stressing that China would closely cooperate and work hard with the DPRK for the development of the bilateral relations in the international arena in the future, too.
    Noting with pleasure that the Korean people under the leadership of General Secretary Kim Jong Il have made fresh advance in various fields including the socialist construction and external relations by overcoming all sorts of difficulties in the spirit of self-reliance and fortitude, he expressed support to the efforts of the Party and government of the DPRK find a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

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