Hu Zejun, Deputy Procurator-General of China, poses for a commemorative photo with delegation of the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office on 28 October 2013 (Photo: Xinhua).
A delegation from the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office (f.k.a. the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office) met with Chinese Deputy Procurator (Attorney) General Hu Zejun on 28 October. The DPRK delegation included 1st Vice Director Lt. Gen. Ri Chol, other Supreme Prosecutor’s Office officials and DPRK Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong. At the meeting, the DPRK and PRC signed a memorandum of understand on cooperation between the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and the PRC Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
According to Chinese state media, Hu Zejun said that “North Korea is China’s friendly neighbor and Friendship between the two peoples have a profound historical basis. Sino-Korean diplomatic ties have existed for more than 64 years. The bipartisan leaders of the two countries maintain close communication, both in law enforcement to further strengthen judicial exchanges and cooperation, and have achieved gratifying results. I believe that your Excellency’s current visit will further promote the existing good relations between the procuratorial organs.” Hu briefed the DPRK delegation on functions and missions of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and said it was using revised criminal and civil statues to “strengthen legal supervision, safeguard social fairness and justice to play a more active role.” After the meeting, a signing ceremony was held to ink the memorandum of understanding on cooperation. Hu said that the MOU was signed “to deepen exchanges and cooperation” and that the agreement “marked the judicial cooperation between the two sides and entered a more substantive phase.” Hu said that “Chinese prosecutors are willing to take this opportunity to promote comprehensive development and friendly relations with North Korea.” Ri Chol said that the “the DPRK attaches great importance to exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese procuratorial organs, will seriously implement the memorandum of understanding on cooperation and consensus reached at the meeting and cooperation between procuratorial organs to achieve new progress.”
Jon Yong Nam (L), Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee, shakes hands with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 18 October 2013 (Photo by Xie Huanchi, Xinhua News Agency).
A delegation of the Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) Socialist Youth League [KISYL] met Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao iin Beijing on 18 October (Friday). The KISYL delegation was led by Jon Yong Nam, Chairman of the KISYL Central Committee. During the meeting, Jon told Li that “the DPRK stands ready to increase the exchanges and cooperation between youths of the two countries to further promote bilateral relations.” Li Yuanchao said that “China and DPRK are friendly neighbors, and that youths are the inheritors and builders of bilateral relations” and he hoped “that the two countries will expand youth exchanges to ensure that the friendly relations between the two countries will continue and flourish.” According to KCNA, Li said that “that the Korean people are making great achievements in the drive to develop economy and improve the standard of people’s living under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n)” and that he hoped “the young people of the two countries would boost the traditional relations of friendship provided by the revolutionaries of the elder generations.”
On 17 October the KISYL delegation visited Dalian University of Technology and attended a meeting with the university’s faculty and students and a concert by Chinese performers and members of the art propaganda squad of the KISYL Central Committee. During the meeting, participants said “the DPRK-China friendly and cooperative relations provided and brought into bloom by President Kim Il Sung, leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and Chinese revolutionaries of elder generations have long-standing historical roots and tradition” and “noted that the friendship and exchange between the youth of the DPRK and China grow stronger day by day amid the deep concern of the top leaders of the two countries.” Speakers at the meeting also said that “that the youth are flowers of the country and nation and proud masters of the future” and “expressed the belief that the traditional DPRK-China relations of friendship would further develop by the common efforts of the youth of the two countries.” The concert included performances of DPRK songs “Sng of General Kim Il Sung,” “Thinking of the General,” “Let Youth Run Like [an] Express Train (instrumental)” and “Our Leader Loved by People” and Chinese songs “Red Flag Flutters High,” and “Beautiful Hometown.” According to KCNA “warm sentiment of friendship between the youth of the two countries pervaded the meeting venue.”
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Kim Kye Gwan, first vice foreign minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday). During the meeting, according to Xinhua, Yang told Kim that “the China-DPRK relationship is at a crucial stage that connects the past and the future. Both sides should keep up with the times, grasp opportunities and tackle challenges to advance the healthy, stable development of bilateral ties” and that “the six-party talks are an effective mechanism for realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability of the peninsula and Northeast Asia, as well as an important platform for relevant parties to improve relations.” Yang also said that “China hopes relevant parties make concerted efforts to strive for an early resumption of the six-party talks.” Kim Kye Gwan said that “the DPRK-China friendship should carry on, and bilateral ties should be strengthened” and “the six-party talks are an important platform for achieving denuclearization of the peninsula. DPRK supports China’s effort to restart the talks and is willing to keep in-depth communication with China.”
Kim Kye Gwan is the surprise guest at a one-day conference (or workshop) Retrospects and Outlooks: A Decade of the Six-Party Talks organized by the Chinese Government to mark the tenth anniversary of the Six Party Talks and the eighth anniversary of the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement. Accompanying Kim to China for the conference were Ri Yong Ho, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Choe Son Hui, a deputy department directors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his address at the conference Kim said the DPRK is “ready to enter the six-party talks without preconditions” and said that “preconditions” stipulated by the US and ROK “are in violation of the spirit of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement” and “attaching preconditions to our offer of dialogue would cause mistrust.” Kim also said that “denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula is a dying wish of our late leaders and our country’s policy goal” and “we support the six-party talks, and we are willing to resume dialogue under the framework of the six-party talks, including a small-scale dialogue.” PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the conference that “no one should attempt to bring chaos to this region or pursue selfish interests” and “recently, there have been positive changes on the Korean Peninsula. . .The situation has moved from a high degree of tensions to relative relaxation, and from strong and serious confrontation to the restart of talks. The situation on the peninsula is still fragile and uncertain. Therefore, the parties should properly handle and approach the situation, exercise restraint, avoid provocative measures against each other in order to maintain the current momentum of relaxation.”
Chinese Special Envoy Wu Dawei (L) DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan (R)
DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met China’s special envoy on Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei on 27 August (Tuesday). According to KCNA Kim and Wu “met and had a friendly talk.” Attending the meeting were officials from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PRC’s charge d’affaires ad interim. Wu arrived in the DPRK on 26 August (Monday) and, according to DPRK state media was greeted at the airport by”functionaries from relevant sectors and the PRC charge d’affaires to the DPRK.”
Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong (L) meets with PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (R) on 1 August 2013, prior to a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).
PRC Embassy National Defense Military Attache Maj. Gen. Zhang Ping (L) addresses a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation of the PLA held at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club in Pyongyang on 1 August 2013 (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).
The Chinese Embassy in the DPRK hosted a reception at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club on 1 August commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA]. Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong (Kang P’yo-yo’ng), attended the reception along with senior Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers, DPRK Government officials, cadres and functionaries of the KPA General Political Department and the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Military Affairs Department and ambassadors, diplomatic officials and military attaches from foreign embassies in the DPRK. Before the reception, PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai met with Col. Gen. Kang. Major General Zhang Ping, the PRC Embassy’s National Defense Attache, and Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong delivered speeches at the reception which, according to the PRC Embassy, “reviewed the glorious combatant course of the Chinese PLA in the past 86 years, warmly extolled the traditional friendship between the two peoples and the two armies of China and the DPRK, and said they will continue to promote a healthy and steady development of friendly relations of cooperation between the two countries and the two armies of China and the DPRK, and actively contribute to safeguarding regional peace and stability.”
The reception “proceeded in a friendly and warm atmosphere” and “guests extended their congratulations on the occasion of the Chinese PLA 86th founding anniversary and complimented the Chinese army on its achievements in construction and development.” According to the PRC Embassy “on display at the banquet hall were many military publications for foreign readers; photos of the launching of the ‘Shenzhou 10″ spacecraft, the outgoing voyage of the aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning,’ escort voyage of the Chinese Navy formation, Sino-foreign joint military exercises. . .as well as the scroll playback of the documentary ‘Chinese Military Today’ which were all well-received by the guests.”
DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) tours the Pyongyang Electrical Appliances Joint Venture Company (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).
DPRK state media reported on 1 July (Monday) that Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex, a cooperative farm in Kangwo’n Province and an electric appliances factory. Pak’s first visit was to the Pyongyang Electric Appliance Joint Venture Company, which was established in 2006 in cooperation with the Beijing Fu Xing Xiao Cheng Electronic Technology Stock Company [LTD]. Pak learned “in detail about the researches into the power management and production of different kinds of watt-hour meters” and held a “consultative meeting” which “discussed and took measures to improve the power industry system to meet the higher demands for power in the fields of the national economy and use electricity in an effective manner.”
Pak later visited the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex. While touring the power plant, he “spoke highly of the successes made by officials, technicians and workers of the complex who have replied to the Workers’ Party of Korea’s call with increased production of electricity” and he learned “in detail about the production and boiler operation.” Pak held a meeting with managers and officials of the power plant “to stress the need to produce much more electricity and send it to fields of national economy so as to meet the demand for electricity in building an economic power.” Pak Pong Ju also “called for meticulously organizing the management of equipment and technical control and increasing production.” Pak also visited Mip’yo’ng Cooperative Farm in T’ongch’o’n County, Kangwo’n Province where he learned about its fertilization and cultivation activities. According to KCNA, he “underscored the need to establish ring-shaped rotation production system to raise soil fertility, and radically increase grain production and thoroughly prevent crop and land damage by downpours.”