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Talks Held between DPRK and Chinese Premiers

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

Pyongyang, October 4 (KCNA) -- Talks between Kim Yong Il, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, and Wen Jiabao, premier of the State Council of China, took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Present there from the DPRK side were Choe Thae Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Ro Tu Chol, vice-premier of the Cabinet and chairman of the State Planning Commission, Pak Ui Chun, minister of Foreign Affairs, Kang Nung Su, minister of Culture, Kim Yong Ho, chief secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat, Pak Kyong Son, vice department director of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Ku Pon Thae, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, and Choe Jin Su, DPRK ambassador to China.

Present from the opposite side were Yang Jiechi, minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the C.C., the Communist Party of China, Zhang Ping, minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission, Chen Deming, minister of Commerce, Cai Wu, minister of Culture, Xie Fuzhan, director of the Research Office of the State Council, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, Qiu Xiaoxiong, vice secretary-general of the State Council and director of the Premier's Office, Wu Dawei, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and Liu Zhenqi, deputy director of the General Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

At the talks both sides had a deep-going exchange of views on the matter of invariably developing the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

Both sides reaffirmed that the traditional DPRK-China friendship personally provided by leaders of the elder generation of the two countries can never change despite the change of situation and replacement of old generation with new one.

The DPRK side reaffirmed its stand to further expand and develop the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation with the Chinese side on the occasions of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the DPRK and China and the "year of the DPRK-China friendship".

Both sides exchanged in an open-hearted manner their opinions on the important international and regional matters of common concern.

The DPRK side pointed out that the United States is to blame for the occurrence of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearization of the peninsula is directly linked with the denuclearization of the whole peninsula and its vicinities and the rest of the world. And it expressed the will to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the behest of President Kim Il Sung, through bilateral and multilateral dialogues.

The Chinese side said that over the past six decades after the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the DPRK the bilateral friendly and cooperative relations have steadily grown stronger in various fields, expressing thanks to the DPRK side for having extended support to China over issues related to the core interests of China including the issue of Taiwan and the issue of Tibet.

The Chinese side stressed that it sets store by the traditional China-DPRK friendship, adding that it is a steadfast policy of the party and government of China to continue to boost China-DPRK relations of good-neighborly friendship and cooperation.

Both sides agreed to expand and strengthen the cooperation and exchange in the fields of the economy and trade on the principles of equality and mutual benefit.

At the talks a consensus of views was reached on the construction of a new bridge over the Amnok River. Both sides officially declared that they would hold ground-breaking ceremony for the building of the bridge at an early date and start relevant work for its earlier construction.

The talks proceeded in a comradely and friendly atmosphere.



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