NORTH KOREA (OBSERVATORY) – DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, during a meeting with the head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Song Tao, announced his readiness to deepen cooperation with China, describing his recent unofficial visit to Beijing as “historic,” China Central Television reported.
Sun Tao on Friday went to the DPRK together with the Chinese art troupe, which takes part in the festival of arts “April Spring”, timed to the main national holiday in North Korea – the birthday of Kim Il Sung.
The meeting was held on Saturday in Pyongyang.
“Kim Jong-un expressed hope for a comprehensive strengthening of contacts and cooperation in all areas between the two parties and the two countries,” the report said.
He also called his unofficial visit to China at the end of March “historic”, during which he held “meaningful” talks with Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
According to the North Korean leader who leads the television, the arrival of such a large artistic troupe led by Song Tao is evidence of the high importance that Xi Jinping attaches to the realization of the consensus reached between the two leaders and the demonstration of his friendly feelings towards the North Korean people.
Song Tao, in turn, expressed China’s readiness to make efforts to promote the sustainable development of relations between China and the DPRK in modern times, improve the welfare of the peoples of the two countries, and also to protect peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, the television said.
The sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest, supplemented in the message.