Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meets DPRK's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on May 2, 2018. (KIM Won-JIN / AFP)
PYONGYANG - China hopes that the dialogue
between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States
will be smooth and achieve substantial progress, said visiting Chinese State
Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here Wednesday.
During talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, Wang said that China fully backs the DPRK's efforts to achieve the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing welcomed the successful summit between DPRK and ROK leaders on April 27 and its important outcomes
He also said that China welcomes the successful summit meeting between
the leaders of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held on April 27 and its important
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Wang noted that DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un had made a
successful visit to China in March during which Chinese President Xi Jinping and
Kim had a historic meeting. They achieved significant consensus
on continuing and developing China-DPRK traditional friendly relations, as well
as enhancing strategic communication and cooperation between the two countries,
thus starting a new chapter of bilateral relations, Wang said.
This will guide the two countries to consolidate and further develop bilateral relations in the new era, he said.
Wang said that traditional China-DPRK friendship is a shared and precious treasure of the two countries, adding that to continuously develop and pass on this friendship to future generations is a strategic choice of both countries.
He said that China is ready to work with the DPRK to implement in substantial ways the important consensus reached by the top leaders of the two countries, by strengthening communication and coordination between their political and diplomatic organs, pushing forward pragmatic economic and trade cooperation, cultivating people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and instilling new vigor into China-DPRK relations in the new era.
While speaking highly of the positive changes that have been taking place on the Korean Peninsula, Wang said that China fully backs the DPRK in its efforts to find its own development approach suitable to its national conditions, and to concentrate all of its efforts on carrying out economic construction.
China also backs the settlement of the DPRK's security concerns, and gives its full support for the improvement of inter-Korean relations, he said.
Wang added that China is willing to strengthen communication with the DPRK and continue to play a positive role in seeking a political solution to the Korean Peninsula issue.
He also expressed gratitude to Kim, the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and the DPRK government for the great attention paid to the Chinese citizens involved in a recent major traffic accident in the country, and for providing the victims with intensive treatment and relief.
DPRK foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that supreme leader Kim Jong-un cherishes traditional friendship between the DPRK and China
Ri Yong-ho said that
supreme leader Kim Jong-un cherishes traditional friendship between the DPRK and
China, and it is a resolute stand of the WPK and the DPRK government to maintain
and develop DPRK-China friendly relations from a new starting point.
The foreign minister said that the successful Beijing meeting between DPRK and Chinese top leaders has resulted in important consensus on strengthening strategic communications and cooperation, which is a milestone in the history of DPRK-China relations.
He said the DPRK is ready to make joint efforts
with China to carefully implement these consensus, carry out close exchanges
between their respective political and diplomatic organs, enhance pragmatic
cooperation, push forward people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and make
early preparations for commemorative activities celebrating the 70th anniversary
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and China next
Ri said that the recent historic meeting between the leaders of the north and south sides of the Korean Peninsula is of great significance.
The DPRK will maintain close communications with China on how to realize denuclearization and establish peace mechanisms on the Korean Peninsula, while enhancing dialogue with all parties concerned, he added.
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