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Kim Yong Nam Meets Chinese Defence Minister

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

    Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Thursday met Col. General Cao Gangchuan, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee and vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, state councilor and minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall and had a talk with him in a friendly atmosphere. Kim warmly welcomed Cao on a visit to the DPRK at a time when the relations between the DPRK and China are favorably developing thanks to the exchange of visits by the top leaders of the two countries, saying that his current visit to the DPRK marks an important occasion in boosting the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
    He underscored the need to consolidate these friendly and cooperative relations, adding that the revolutionary armed forces of the two countries have a great tradition whereby they have long maintained close cooperation and strong ties. Cao said that they were deeply impressed by the enthusiastic and friendly hospitality of the Korean comrades while staying in the DPRK.
    China and the DPRK are the friendly neighbors sharing the same mountain and rivers, he said, noting that the Sino-DPRK friendship provided and developed by the leaders of the elder generation have grown stronger than ever before under the deep care of the top leaders of the two countries.
    Referring to the fact that the Sino-DPRK relations are blood-sealed ones, he underlined the need to strengthen the solidarity between the armed forces of the two countries no matter how the international situation may change. Kim Jong Gak, vice-minister of the People's Armed Forces, and general officers and officers of the KPA were on hand.
    Present there were Commander of the Shenyang Military Area of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Chang Wanquan, Assistant to the chief of the CPLA General Staff Zhang Qinsheng, Deputy Commander of the Navy of the CPLA Zhang Yongyi, Deputy Political Commissar of the Air Force of the CPLA Liu Yazhou, Deputy Director of the General Office of the Central Military Commission Cao Yumin and other suite members, Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Wu Donghe and Military Attache of the Chinese embassy Yang Xilian.

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