|Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (6th R) poses for a group photo with a Chinese delegation led by Wang Jiarui (6th L), head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, in Pyongyang, DPRK, Aug. 2, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)
PYONGYANG, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- 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.