China, North Korea hail ‘long-term, invincible’ friendship
Tehran (KNA) - The leaders of China and North Korea have exchanged congratulatory messages and vowed to expand bilateral ties as their countries celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to advance “long-term, sound and stable” ties with North Korea and said the relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang had played an “important and positive role in maintaining regional peace and stability,” China’s state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.
Xi also said the traditional friendship between the two countries had over the past 70 years stood the test of time and grown stronger by taking root in the hearts of the two peoples.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, for his part, said in his message that the two countries’ “invincible friendship will be immortal on the road of accomplishing the cause of socialism,” and that Beijing and Pyongyang would “preserve the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the world.”
Kim also vowed to develop his country’s relations with China regardless of the international situation, saying, “No matter how the international situation changes, it is the firm will of our party and the government to inherit the friendly relations between the two countries and develop them to a new level.”