Xi hails Kim’s re-election

Source:Xinhua-Reuters Published: 2019/4/12 22:38:40

SAC chairmanship shows support for leader

The First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea kicks off at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent congratulations Friday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his re-election as chairman of his country's State Affairs Commission (SAC).

In his message, Xi said Kim's re-election as SAC chairman at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly demonstrated the trust in and support for Kim from the Party and the people of North Korea, and extended warm congratulations and sincere wishes to Kim.

It is delightful to see that under the leadership of Kim, North Korea's economic and social development has continuously made new progress in recent years, with its socialist cause entering a new stage, Xi said.

The Chinese president said he believes that under the guidance of Kim's new strategic line, the people of North Korea will make bigger achievements in various undertakings on national construction and development.

Calling China and North Korea friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers, Xi said he attaches great importance to China-North Korea traditional friendship and cooperative relations.

Xi recalled that since last year, he has met with Kim four times and reached a series of important consenses, which jointly opened a new chapter for China-North Korea relations.

The Chinese president said he is willing to work together with the chairman, taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, to further push forward the development of China-North Korea relations so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and peoples.

Choe Ryong-hae was named president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, replacing Kim Yong-nam at the assembly. The person holding that position usually represents the country at diplomatic events.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump, who has had two summits with Kim Jong-un to discuss North Korean denuclearization, expressed his willingness for a third meeting.

Several officials who have played leading roles in negotiations with the United States were also promoted, including Choe Son-hui, who was named first vice foreign minister and a member of the State Affairs Commission.


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