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Talks Held between Premiers of DPRK and China

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

Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) -- Talks were held between Kim Yong Il, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, and Wen Jiabao, premier of the State Council of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.

Present there from the DPRK side were the minister of Metal Industry, the minister of Agriculture, the minister of Foreign Trade, the minister of Culture and others and from the Chinese side were minister of Foreign Affairs, the minister of Commerce, the minister of Culture and others.

At the talks Wen Jiabao asked Kim Yong Il to convey his warm regards to General Secretary
Kim Jong Il.

Kim Yong Il conveyed to Wen the greetings sent by Kim Jong Il to him.

At the talks both sides exchanged views on the matter of further developing the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and the issues of mutual concern.

The DPRK side noted that the traditional DPRK-China friendly and cooperative relations have reached a new higher stage under the profound care of the top leaders of the two countries.

The DPRK side clarified the stand to develop in depth, together with the Chinese comrades, the bilateral relations of cooperation in a multi-faceted way on the principle of mutual benefit with the "year of DPRK-China friendship" as an occasion.

The Chinese side noted that the Sino-DPRK friendship provided by the revolutionaries of the elder generation of the two countries is the friendship which has grown strong through the struggle against the foreign aggressors and the acceleration of the revolution and construction in the two countries.

Pointing out that it is of great importance to significantly observe the "year of Sino-DPRK friendship" this year, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Chinese side expressed the belief that the exchange and cooperation between the two countries would become more brisk in various fields.

The talks proceeded in a comradely and friendly atmosphere.

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