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Kim, Jiang Vow Closer Ties

Tuesday, 04 September 2001 12:00 AM

Jiang arrived in the North Korean capital on Monday, a day after Pyongyang said it wanted to resume talks with Seoul. The three-day goodwill visit is the first by a Chinese president since 1992. China is a major ally of the reclusive communist state of North Korea.

According to North Korea's Central Broadcasting Station, Kim told Jiang that his visit "attested to the will of the Chinese government, people and party to ceaselessly strengthen and develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries."

Noting that friendly ties between Pyongyang and Beijing are also conducive to peace and security throughout Asia and around the globe, the two leaders vowed to do their utmost to develop the friendship, the state-run radio reported.

Pyongyang once described its relations with Beijing as "blood-tied" and "as close as lips and teeth."

The radio failed to give more details on the summit held Monday, but diplomatic sources in Seoul said Jiang encouraged Kim to ease tensions with the South and offered help for North Korea's famine-stricken economy.

Jiang also expressed Beijing's support for inter-Korean reconciliation, describing it as necessary to peace and stability on the divided peninsula and in the region.

Kim and Jiang also reviewed their joint stance against Washington's plans to build an anti-missile system, reports said.

Indicating the two leaders discussed the issue of 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, Pyongyang's official press said last month's summit between Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin also called for an end to U.S. military presence on the peninsula. "The U.S. troops in the South threaten peace on the peninsula," Radio Pyongyang said.

In their meeting in Moscow on Aug. 4, Kim and Putin urged the United States to scrap its plan to build an anti-missile shield, saying Washington was using North Korea's missile program to justify its plans, which, they said, violated the 1972 Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty.

Jiang's three-day trip reciprocates Kim's visit to China in January and coincides with Pyongyang's efforts to expand foreign relations and get economic assistance.

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