DPRK: Nuke-free peninsula our goal
PYONGYANG: The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the goal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), its top leader Kim Jong-Il said yesterday.
Kim made the remark when meeting with visiting Chinese State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan, also an envoy for President Hu Jintao, on issues related to the Six-Party Talks.
Tang conveyed a message from Hu to Kim.
The message from Hu said the Chinese
Communist Party and government highly respect the long-standing friendship
between China and the DPRK, and that China is ready to make joint efforts with
the DPRK to further boost relations.
"The DPRK expects the next round of talks to be held on time and to make positive progress," Kim told Tang.
Kim said he appreciated China's unremitting efforts at resuming the talks.
China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining the permanent peace and stability of the peninsula, and seeking a peaceful solution through dialogue.
Tang said that China's stance on the issue is clear, that is, China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining the permanent peace and stability of the peninsula, and seeking a peaceful solution through dialogue.
Tang, a state councillor and former Chinese foreign minister, arrived in the capital Tuesday morning and is expected to stay here for two days.
He was received by Kim Yong-nam, president of the presidium of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang early Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Tang visited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to pay tribute to late DPRK President Kim Il Sung.
He also laid a wreath before the Sino-DPRK Friendship Tower to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Chinese People's Volunteersduring the Korean War.