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KJU Meets with High Level PRC Delegation

Kim Jong Un poses for a souvenir photograph with Li Zhanshu in the atrium of the WPK Central Committee #1 Office Building in central Pyongyang on September 9, 2018 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a parade and procession at 1000 KST on September 9

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Li Zhanshu, a member of the standing committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China [CPC] and chairman of the National People’s Congress of the PRC.  Also in attendance were CPC International Liaison Department head Song Tao, Secretary-Generation of the PRC National People’s Congress Standing Committee and PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Li Jinjun.  Accompanying Kim Jong Un to the interaction was a Chinese language interpreter.  The interaction “proceeded in a friendly and amicable atmosphere the whole time.”

Jong Un “gladly met with Li Zhanshu and other delegation members” and posed for commemorative photographs with them. Li “courteously handed over the personal letter of Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un,” who “expressed deep thanks to Xi Jinping for sending such a warm and fine personal letter.”

Li Zhanshu “thanked Kim Jong Un for giving top priority to the delegation, according it special hospitality and personally meeting with it although he is so busy with the schedule of celebrations for the national day, and warmly congratulated the WPK, the government of the DPRK and all the Korean people on the 70th birthday of the DPRK upon authorization by Xi Jinping.”

Kim Jong Un said that President Xi had sent Li “as his special envoy and the party and government delegation to the celebrations for the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK, which served a great encouragement for the Korean people” and “warmly welcomed the delegation’s visit to the DPRK and extended warm greetings to Xi Jinping and the Chinese party, government and people.”

(Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Jong Un remarked that it is the “natural obligation of the party, government and people of the DPRK to greet with greatest sincerity the precious comrades from the friendly neighbor country which we most trust. The visit to the DPRK by Li Zhanshu, who is special envoy of Xi Jinping, at the time when the Korean people greet the greatest national holiday with great joy and pride will be an important occasion to demonstrate once again the invincible DPRK-China friendship developing favorably day by day in the new situation.”

The Suryo’ng noted that it is the “firm option and immutable line of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK government to steadily develop the DPRK-China friendship, the precious common treasure of the two countries” and he “expressed his will to further boost high-level visits and deepen the strategic mutual understanding as already agreed with Xi Jinping in order to more firmly and profoundly develop the special and solid DPRK-China relations which no one can hurt.”

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Li Zhanshu said that the “China-DPRK friendship forged and developed by the leaders of the elder generation of the two countries has been further deepened on the basis of the special intimacy of the supreme leaders of the two parties after overcoming changes of the regional situation and turns and twists of history, adding that invariable is the firm stand of the Chinese party and government to steadily and stably develop and accelerate the China-DPRK relations no matter how the international situation may change.”

Kim Jong Un and Li Zhanshu exchanged “candid views on the issue of developing the relations of the two parties and the two countries and the issues of mutual concern.”


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