North Korean leader: We seek to strengthen our relations with China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday stressed his country’s efforts to strengthen its relations with China in the coming period.

This came in a congratulatory message sent by Kim to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party, according to the North Korean “KCNA” agency.

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Kim said that North Korea will work to strengthen its relations with Beijing in the coming period.

“Through the close cooperation between the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Chinese Communist Party, we will raise the two countries’ relations to a strategic point that meets the aspirations of the two peoples and keeps pace with current developments,” he added.

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Fenbin said in a statement that Beijing could send aid to North Korea.

He stressed that the two countries have a long tradition of helping each other when facing difficulties.

He said that China will seriously study the possibility of providing assistance to North Korea if necessary.