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

Pyongyang, October 4 (KCNA) -- Wen Jiabao, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, arrived here today by special plane to pay an official goodwill visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government.

General Secretary Kim Jong Il went to Pyongyang Airport to warmly greet him.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Kim Yong Il, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and minister of the People's Armed Forces, Kim Jong Gak, member of the DPRK NDC and first vice-director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, Ri Yong Ho, chief of the KPA General Staff, Choe Thae Bok and Kim Ki Nam, secretaries of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea, Kang Sok Ju, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Jin Su, DPRK ambassador to China, and leading officials of party and power bodies, ministries and national institutions.

Also seen at the airport were Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and his embassy officials, Chinese guests staying in the DPRK and Chinese students studying here.

At 10:50 a.m. the plane carrying the friendship mission of the Chinese people touched down at the airport.

Kim Jong Il firmly shook with Wen Jiabao and cordially hugged him.

Arriving with Wen Jiabao 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, Qiu Xiaoxiong, vice secretary-general of the State Council and director of the Premier's Office, Wu Dawei, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Liu Zhenqi, deputy director of the General Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and other suite members.

A ceremony of welcoming Wen Jiabao took place at the airport.

National anthems of the PRC and the DPRK were played.

Wen Jiabao together with Kim Yong Il reviewed the guards of honor of the KPA three services.

A Korean artiste presented a bouquet to Wen.

Then he, together with Kim Jong Il, Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yong Il, watched the march-past of the guards of honor of the KPA three services.

Wen waved back to the warmly welcoming crowd shouting such slogans as "Welcome to Wen Jiabao!" and "DPRK-China Friendship!".

The car carrying him headed for the city.



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