North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that strengthening bilateral ties is good for both countries and regional peace, North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Friday.
Xi’s visit was “crucial” to show the world the unchanging friendship between the two countries, KCNA quoted Kim as saying, Reuters reports.
Xi arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday for a two-day visit aimed at bolstering an ally under pressure from UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs and a breakdown in denuclearization talks with the United States.
The visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years, comes a week before Xi and US President Donald Trump meet at the G20 summit in Osaka amid an ongoing trade dispute, Reuters noted.
Beijing and Pyongyang agreed that a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear issue has been “an inevitable trend,” and that they need to continue to stick to peace talks, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
The two leaders agreed to have close strategic communication and deepen cooperation in various fields, KCNA said.
On Thursday, Xi praised Pyongyang’s efforts towards denuclearization and said the world hopes North Korea and the United States can talk to each other and for those talks to be successful.
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