Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un (left) shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Pyongyang, the DPRK, May 3, 2018. (XINHUA)
PYONGYANG – China supports and congratulates the successful inter-Korean summit last month, visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.
China is willing to maintain communication with the DPRK over the Korean Peninsula issue and advance coordination between the two countries
Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister
The inter-Korean summit has brought beneficial opportunities for a political solution to the Korean Peninsula issue, said the Chinese minister.
Wang made the remarks when he met with Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Pyongyang during his two-day visit to the country.
Kim crossed the inter-Korean border on April 27 and met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom.
In the Panmunjom Declaration released after the summit, the DPRK and ROK leaders pledged to end the Korean War and reaffirmed their commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
China supports an end to the state of war on the Peninsula, and backs the DPRK's decision to shift its strategic pivot to economic development and the resolution of the DPRK's legitimate security concerns during the denuclearization process, Wang said.
Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un (1st right) meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd left) in Pyongyang, the DPRK, May 3, 2018. (CHENG DAYU / XINHUA)
China is willing to maintain communication with the DPRK over the issue and advance coordination between the two countries, he added.
For his part, Kim spoke highly of China's efforts and contributions to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.
The DPRK is willing to strengthen strategic communication with China, he said.
Achieving the denuclearization of the Peninsula is the firm position of the DPRK side, Kim said.
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