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Talks between DPRK and Chinese Premiers Held

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Beijing, March 22 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Talks between Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju and Premier of the State Council of China Wen Jiabao were held at the Great Hall of the People Tuesday afternoon. At the talks both sides informed each other of the situation in their countries and exchanged views on boosting the bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation and on a series of issues of mutual concern.
    The DPRK side highly appreciated the positive efforts made by the new collective leadership of China with Hu Jintao as general secretary to consolidate and develop the DPRK-China friendship provided by the leaders of the elder generation of the two countries and reiterated the stand of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government to boost these friendly relations together with the Chinese comrades.
    The DPRK side referred to the fact that the Korean army and people, united close around leader Kim Jong Il, are bringing about a great revolutionary surge in socialist construction thanks to the Songun policy and the might of the single-minded unity.
    The Chinese side said that the Sino-DPRK friendship is growing stronger under the concern of the top leaders of the two countries, adding that these relations are an important part of the external relations of the Chinese party and government and it is of realistic significance to protect and develop the ties under the complicated situation. The Chinese side stressed that it is in the common interests of the two peoples to develop the economic cooperation between the two countries.
    It noted it is pleased with the successes made by the Korean people in various fields under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il and wished them greater success in the socialist construction.
    The talks proceeded in a sincere and friendly atmosphere.
    Present at the talks from the DPRK side were Vice-Premier Ro Tu Chol, Chairman of the State Planning Commission Kim Kwang Rin, Minister of Foreign Trade Rim Kyong Man, DPRK Ambassador to China Choe Jin Su, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Hyong Jun, Vice-Minister of Agriculture Kim Hyok Jin, Vice-Minister of Chemical Industry Han Sung Jun and other suite members.
    Present from the Chinese side were Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Zhaoxing, Director of the State Environment Protection Administration Xie Zhenhua, Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Wu Donghe, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wei Jianquo and officials concerned.

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