Senior N.Korea official meets top-tier China leader to bolster ties

A senior North Korean official has met with a top-tier Chinese leader and expressed the strong desire to bolster ties.

Kim Song Nam is director of the international department of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. He held talks with Wang Huning in Beijing on Thursday.

Wang ranks fourth in the Communist Party and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee.

State-run China Central Television quoted Wang as saying Beijing is willing to work with Pyongyang to strengthen strategic communication and jointly work for a peaceful and stable external environment.

Wang is believed to have made the remark after considering the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim responded that ties between the two countries open a new chapter in history under the strategic leadership of their leaders.

China and North Korea have designated 2024 as a year of friendship, as it marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations. They plan to promote economic, cultural and other types of exchanges.

An expert on China-North Korea ties says Pyongyang wants to enhance trilateral collaboration with China and Russia to counter Japan, the United States and South Korea.