DPRK state media reported that a Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] delegation led by KWP Secretary and International Department Director, Kim Yong Il (Kim Yo’ng-il) met with a counterpart delegation of the Communist Party of Vietnam [CPV] on Monday (11 June), headed by Hoàng Bình Quân, Chairman of the CPV Central Committee’s External Affairs Commission. Kim arrived in Hanoi on Sunday for a three day visit, the second of three Southeast Asian nations he and his delegation are visiting. At the meeting Kim was joined by DPRK Ambassador to Vietnam, Kim Chang Il. KCNA reports:
Present there from the WPK side were members of its delegation led by Secretary of the Central Committee Kim Yong Il, who is alternate member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, and Kim Chang Il, DPRK ambassador to Vietnam, and from the Vietnamese side members of the delegation of the CPV headed by Hoang Binh Quan, chairman of the Commission for External Affairs who is member of the C.C., CPV.
At the talks held in friendly atmosphere both sides informed of the activities of their parties and exchanged views on boosting the friendly relations between the two parties and two countries and matters of mutual concern.
Hoang Binh Quan warmly congratulated once again the dear respected Kim Jong Un on his election as first secretary of the WPK at the Fourth Conference of the WPK in April and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK at the Fifth Session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly.
The WPK and the Korean people will surely build a thriving socialist nation under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un, he said, and went on:
Leader Kim Jong Il’s untimely passing away last year was a big loss to the WPK and Korean people.
The grand celebrations of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung and the 70th birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il fully demonstrated the might of the single-minded unity of the Korean people.
The CPV supports the principled stand of the WPK for peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and is strongly opposed to all forms of blockade and sanctions against the DPRK and interference in its internal affairs.
The CPV and Vietnamese people will always remember the sincere assistance rendered by the WPK and the Korean people and them in the past.
On 12 June (Tuesday) Kim Yong Il and the KWP delegation visited Thai Binh Province in the country’s northeast on a study tour of its rural development. VNA reports:
A delegation of the Korean Workers’ Party led by head of its Central Committee’ Commission for International Affairs Kim Yong Il, has visited the northern province of Thai Binh to study the model of rural area development.
At a working session with the delegation on June 12, Tran Cam Tu, Secretary of the Thai Binh Provincial Party Committee, said that the province is accelerating the development of new rural area in line with the National Target Programme on New Rural Development from 2010-2020.
Thai Binh expects to fulfill the programme in all communes by 2020, so that the province meets all the standards for a new rural province, he added.
Tu, who is also member of the Party Central Committee, stressed the solidarity and friendship between the two Parties and peoples of Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea .
He said that Thai Binh province’s Party Committee and people always keep in mind the valuable assistance from the DPRK’s Korean Workers’ Party and people to the Vietnamese people in the past struggle for national independence and reunification as well as national construction and defence at the present.
For his part, Kim Yong Il, who is a member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, spoke highly of Thai Binh’s economic development, especially in agricultural production, poverty reduction as well as employment and social welfare.
He attributed the achievements to the sound policy of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Later in the day, the delegation made a fact-finding tour of a rural area model in Thanh Tan commune, Kien Xuong district.