The North Korean and Chinese leaders exchanged messages promising to strengthen their cooperation on the anniversary of their treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the two countries, the news agency reported on Sunday. North Korean press KCNA.
In a message to Chinese Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said their relationship was vital in the face of hostile foreign forces, while Xi vowed to take cooperation “to a new level,” KCNA said. .
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China has been North Korea’s only major ally since the two signed the treaty in 1961, and international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs have made it more dependent than ever on Beijing for trade and other support.
“Despite the international situation of unprecedented complexity in recent years, the brotherly trust and militant friendship between the DPRK and China is growing stronger day by day,” Kim said in her post, KCNA reported, using the initials of the official name of North Korea.
The treaty defends socialism and peace in Asia “now that hostile forces are becoming more desperate in their challenges and obstructionist movements,” Kim said.
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Xi’s message said he planned to bring greater happiness to the two countries and their people by strengthening communication with Kim and “gradually leading the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries to a new step, ”KCNA said.