General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Jong Il Meets with Li Keqiang
On October 24, 2011, Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Li first passed to Kim the genial greetings and good wishes from Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and other Chinese leaders. He also expressed thanks for the warm hospitality extended by the DPRK side.
Li said China-DPRK traditional friendship was forged and fostered by the previous generations of leaders of both countries, and is common wealth for both sides, adding bilateral ties have moved forward soundly in recent years. Li said that particularly since last year, top leaders of the two countries have reached a series of consensus on further deepening and boosting bilateral relations, which charts the course for the ties' future development. China is willing to work together with the DPRK to earnestly implement the consensus to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, push forward bilateral ties, pass down their traditional friendship from one generation to another and continuously boost it, Li said. Both sides should continue to carry out mutual high-level visits, strengthen strategic communication, further deepen practical cooperation, realize common development, expand and keep close people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and boost bilateral friendly ties, he added.
Li said that during the two-day visit, he saw gratifying changes in the DPRK, which can be attributed to solidarity, self-reliance and hard work of the DPRK people. The Chinese side sincerely wishes and believes that under the leadership of General Secretary Kim Jong Il and the Workers' Party of Korea, the DPRK people will surely be able to make new and greater achievements in various undertakings of national construction.
Li said the DPRK this year has adopted a series of active measures to keep dialogue and contact with relevant parties, and many times reiterated its support to the resumption of the six-party talks about the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula without preconditions and to denuclearization on the peninsula. He said China buttresses the DPRK in keeping and strengthening contact and dialogue with relevant parties, working for positive achievements, creating conditions for reopening the six-party talks at an early date, and pushing forward further mitigation of tensions on the peninsula. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in helping improve the ties between the DPRK and the ROK, and maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, he added.
Kim, for his part, congratulated China on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the convening of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee. He asked Li to pass his genial greetings to Hu and other Chinese leaders, saying the DPRK is encouraged and pleased by the achievements of China's socialist construction.
Kim said with the joint efforts of both sides, the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries have continued to achieve new development and shown a good momentum of development. Against the backdrop of the current profound and complex changes of the international situation, the DPRK will further boost friendly exchanges and practical cooperation with China to make bilateral ties yield rich fruits.
Kim stressed the DPRK hopes the six-party talks should be restarted as soon as possible. All the six parties should fully implement the Sept. 19 joint statement, signed by them in 2005 in Beijing, on the principle of simultaneous action to advance denuclearization of the Peninsula, he said.
In the evening, Li attended a welcoming banquet hosted by Kim.
The Chinese accompanying officials, vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Jong Un and Ri Yong Ho, DPRK Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), and other officials attended the above activities.