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Kim Jong Un Meets with Chinese Delegation (Updated)

Kim Jong Un (R) meets with Wang Jiarui, of the CPC Central Committee’s International Department at Paekhwawon State Guest House in East Pyongyang on 2 August 2012. Also seen in attendance for the meeting are DPRK Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju (C) and KWP Deputy Director Kim Song Nam (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK and Chinese state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Wang Jiarui, head of the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s International Department, and a delegation at Paekhwawon State Guest House in east Pyongyang on Thursday (2 August).  The meeting was KJU’s first reported interaction with a senior official of a foreign government.  His last reported public appearance was his attendance of a concert by the Moranbong Band commemorating the 59th anniversary of the end of active hostilities of the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War).  At his meeting with Wang, Kim Jong Un was joined by DPRK Vice Premier and foreign policy boss Kang Sok Ju, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the United Front Department Kim Yang Gon and Deputy (vice) Director of the KWP International Affairs Department Kim Song Nam.

Kim Jong Un receives a vase from a CPC delegation at Paekhwawon State Guest House in Pyongyang on 2 August 2012. Also seen in attendance are Kang Sok Ju (L) and KWP Secretary and Department Director Kim Yang Gon (2nd L) (Photo: KCNA)

According to KCNA, at the beginning of the meeting, Wang Jiarui “expressed deep condolences on the demise of leader Kim Jong Il, a close friend and teacher of the Chinese people.”  Wang was also quoted by KCNA as telling KJU that, “under the leadership of First Secretary Kim Jong Un the Korean people have achieved fresh and great successes in socialist construction, Wang said that the Chinese party and people are sincerely rejoiced over them.  It is the steadfast policy of the Chinese party and government to consolidate and develop the traditional Sino-DPRK friendly relations forged and developed by leaders of the elder generations of the two parties and two countries.  He expressed belief that the Sino-DPRK friendship would bloom more beautifully and yield rich fruits.”

Kim Jong Un (6th R) poses for a commemorative photograph with Wang Jiarui (6th L), Director of the Chinese Communist Party of China Central Committee International Department in Pyongyang on 2 August 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (3rd R) meets with Wang Jiarui (3rd L), head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, in Pyongyang, DPRK, Aug. 2, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

According to Xinhua English, Kim Jong Un “asked Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, to convey his best regards to Chinese President Hu Jintao and other state and party leaders. It was the unswerving will of the DPRK government and the governing Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) to carry on the legacy of late leader Kim Jong Il and to deepen the DPRK-China traditional friendship, the DPRK leader said. The DPRK would work together with China to bring their friendship, established and nurtured by the older generations of leaders on both sides, to a higher level.”  KJU also told Wang, according to Xinhua, that “developing the economy and improving the people’s livelihoods to let the Korean people lead a happy and civilized life was the goal of the WPK. The Korean people were, uniting closely around the KWP, concentrating their efforts on building their nation to actively promote various undertakings of socialism in the country.”

Kim Jong Un (front row, L) toasts with PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (front row, R) during a dinner party for a CPC delegation at Paekhwawon State Guest House in Pyongyang on 2 August 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

KWP Secretary and Department Director Kim Yang Gon delivers a speech during a dinner party for a visiting CPC delegation in Pyongyang on 2 August 2012 (Photo: KCNA still)

CPC Central Committee International Department Director Wang Jiarui (bottom image) delivers a speech at a dinner party hosted for the CPC delegation. KWP Secretary Mun Kyong Dok (L), KWP Secretary and Department Director Kim Yang Gon (2nd L) and National Defense Commission Vice Chairman and KWP Department Director Jang Song Taek (R) listen to Wang’s remarks (top image) (Photo: KCNA still)

Kim Jong Un’s meeting with Wang Jiarui was followed by a dinner party which KCNA said “proceeded in an amicable atmosphere.”  Attending the dinner from the DPRK central leadership were Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department [bureau]), Kim Yong Il (KWP Secretary and Director of the International Affairs Department), Mun Kyong Dok (Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang KWP Committee and Chairman of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee), Kim Pyong Ho (President of Korean Central News Agency) and Ri Su Yong (KWP Deputy Department Director), as well as Kang Sok Ju, Kim Yang Gon and Kim Song Nam.

KCNA reports:

Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission (NDC), met the visiting delegation of the International Liaison Department of the C.C., the Communist Party of China on Thursday.

Present there were members of the Chinese delegation led by its Head Wang Jiarui and Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai.
Also present there were Vice-premier of the Cabinet Kang Sok Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK; Kim Yang Gon, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the C.C., the WPK, and Kim Song Nam, vice department director of the C.C., the WPK.

At the meeting Wang Jiarui conveyed greetings from the collective leadership of the CPC including General Secretary Hu Jintao.

He expressed deep condolences on the demise of leader Kim Jong Il, a close friend and teacher of the Chinese people. He said Kim Jong Il rendered great services for the Korean revolution and the development of friendly relations between China and the DPRK.

Noting that under the leadership of First Secretary Kim Jong Un the Korean people have achieved fresh and great successes in socialist construction, Wang said that the Chinese party and people are sincerely rejoiced over them.

It is the steadfast policy of the Chinese party and government to consolidate and develop the traditional Sino-DPRK friendly relations forged and developed by leaders of the elder generations of the two parties and two countries, he said.

He expressed belief that the Sino-DPRK friendship would bloom more beautifully and yield rich fruits.

Kim Jong Un expressed thanks for this and asked him to convey his regards to the collective leadership of the CPC including General Secretary Hu Jintao.
Kim Jong Un had a cordial and friendly talk with Wang Jiarui.

He received a gift from the Chinese delegation.

He hosted a dinner in honor of the Chinese guests.

Present there on invitation were the members of the delegation led by Wang and Ambassador Liu Hongcai and staff members of the Chinese embassy here.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army; Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and vice-chairman of the NDC; Vice-premier Kang Sok Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee; Kim Yong Il, Kim Yang Gon and Mun Kyong Dok, alternate members of the Political Bureau and secretaries of the C.C., the WPK; and Kim Pyong Ho, Kim Song Nam and Ri Su Yong, vice department directors of the C.C., the WPK.

The dinner proceeded in an amicable atmosphere.

Xinhua reports:

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), discussed the strengthening of relations between China and the DPRK during a meeting with a visiting senior Chinese official here on Thursday.

Kim asked Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, to convey his best regards to Chinese President Hu Jintao and other state and party leaders.

It was the unswerving will of the DPRK government and the governing Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) to carry on the legacy of late leader Kim Jong Il and to deepen the DPRK-China traditional friendship, the DPRK leader said.

The DPRK would work together with China to bring their friendship, established and nurtured by the older generations of leaders on both sides, to a higher level, Kim said.

Wang expressed appreciation for the great attention and enthusiasm by the DPRK leader in the consolidation and development of the China-DPRK friendship. The CPC and the Chinese government viewed China-DPRK relations from a strategic and long- term prospective and it was an unswerving policy to consolidate and develop the China-DPRK friendly cooperative ties, Wang said.

“We are ready to work jointly with the DPRK side to maintain high-level contacts, strengthen party-to-party exchanges, and boost practical cooperation,” Wang said.

He added the two sides should also enhance strategic communication and coordination on major global and regional issues and make unremitting efforts to safeguard peace and stability on the Korea Peninsula and achieve lasting peace in Northeast Asia.

Speaking of domestic situations, Kim said developing the economy and improving the people’s livelihoods to let the Korean people lead a happy and civilized life was the goal of the WPK. The Korean people were, uniting closely around the KWP, concentrating their efforts on building their nation to actively promote various undertakings of socialism in the country.

The DPRK would as always make active efforts to safeguard peace and stability on the peninsula, Kim said.

Praising the Chinese people’s remarkable achievements in building socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the leadership of the CPC, Kim wished for a successful opening of the 18th National Congress of the CPC, and greater achievements by the Chinese people in implementing the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and in the endeavor to build a well-off society under the leadership of the CPC.

A Chinese delegation headed by Wang arrived here Monday. During the visit, Kim Yong Il, head of International Department of the WPK, met Wang and the two sides had a profound exchange of views with regard to bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

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