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 on Wednesday.
During the talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Wang said that China fully backs the DPRK’s efforts to achieve the goal of denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.
He also said that China welcomes the successful summit meeting between the leaders of the DPRK and South Korea held on April 27 and its important outcomes.
Wang recalled that DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un made a successful visit to China in March. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim had a historic meeting during the visit.
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.
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 year.
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 realise denuclearisation and establish peace mechanisms on the Korean Peninsula, while enhancing dialogue with all parties concerned, he added. — XINHUA