North Korean sends top officials to China for denuclearization talks

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) ruling Workers’ Party in Beijing on Wednesday. 

The delegation, led by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of the DPRK, started their visit to China on Monday at the invitation of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

During the meeting, Xi told the delegation that China supports the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the development of the DPRK economy, as well as improvements to people’s livelihoods in the country.

His words: “This visit is not only a concrete measure of implementing the important consensus of my two earlier meetings with Kim Jong Un, but also an important interaction between the two parties.”

Xi added that the meeting embodies the high importance to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning between the two parties and to deepen friendly cooperation between China and the DPRK.

“I wish your country new and greater achievements in promoting economic and social development under the leadership of Kim Jong Un,” Xi noted.

Kim Jong Un paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 to March 28 and the two leaders met in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, on May 7-8.

Xi also stressed that China supports the efforts to improve DPRK-ROK relations and promote dialogue between the DPRK and the US.

Pak Thae Song said that the visit aims to implement the important consensus of the top leaders of the two parties and to learn from the experience of China’s economic construction and reform and opening-up.

“We wish the visit will contribute to the strengthening of the friendship between the two parties and the two countries,” he added.

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