Pyongyang, September 10 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, met with Li Zhanshu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC), who is on a visit to the DPRK as special envoy of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the C.C., CPC, and president of the PRC, at the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK on Sunday.
Present there were Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the C.C. CPC, Yang Zhenwu, secretary general of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the PRC, and Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, who are members of the party and government delegation of the PRC led by Li Zhanshu.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un of the Party, state and army of the DPRK gladly met with Li Zhanshuand other delegation members on a visit to the DPRK to attend the celebrations for the 70th birthday of the DPRK, and posed for a photo with them before having a cordial talk with them.
Li Zhanshu courteously handed over the personal letter of Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un expressed deep thanks to Xi Jinping for sending warm and fine personal letter.
Li Zhanshu thanked Kim Jong Un for giving top priority to the delegation, according it special hospitality and personally meeting with it despite his tight schedule for the national day celebrations, and warmly congratulated the WPK, the government of the DPRK and all the Korean people on the 70th birthday of the DPRK upon authorization by Xi Jinping.
The Supreme Leader said that General Secretary Xi Jinping sent Li Zhanshu as his special envoy and the party and government delegation to the celebrations for the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK, stressing that this served as a great encouragement to the Korean people. He welcomed the delegation's visit to the DPRK and extended warm greetings to Xi Jinping and the party, government and people of China.
He said that it is the natural obligation of the Party, government and people of the DPRK to greet with greatest sincerity the precious comrades from their friendly, most trustworthy neighbor. The visit to the DPRK by Li Zhanshu, who is special envoy of Xi Jinping, at a time when the Korean people greet the greatest national holiday with great joy and pride will be an important occasion to demonstrate once again the invincible DPRK-China friendship developing favorably day by day in the new situation, he stated.
Noting that it is the definite option and immutable line of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government to steadily develop the DPRK-China friendship, the precious common treasure of the two countries, the Supreme Leader expressed his will to further boost high-level visits and deepen the strategic mutual understanding as already agreed with Xi Jinping in order to more firmly and profoundly develop the special and solid DPRK-China relations which no one can hurt.
Li Zhanshu said that the China-DPRK friendship forged and developed by the leaders of the elder generation of the two countries has been further deepened on the basis of the special kinship between the supreme leaders of the two parties after overcoming changes in the regional situation and tribulations of history, adding that invariable is the firm stand of the Chinese party and government to strive for the sustainable and stable development of the China-DPRK relations no matter how the international situation may change.
The Supreme Leader exchanged with Li Zhanshu candid views on the issue of developing the relations of the two parties and the two countries and other issues of mutual concern.
The talk proceeded in a friendly and amicable atmosphere.