Kim of N Korea vows to strengthen relations with China in the face of pandemic difficulties

Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has struggled to navigate his country from a serious pandemic-related crisis on Thursday, so he has a relationship with his main ally, China. He said he would promote further strengthening.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim commented in a message to Xi Jinping Jintao to celebrate the Chinese Communist Party 100th anniversary.

“The Workers’ Party of Korea will raise the friendly relations between (North Korea) and China to new strategic points, depending on the demands of the times and the wishes of the people of both countries, through strong agreement with the Chinese Communist Party,” Kim said. He said. It was quoted as it says.

In a clear reference to the United States, Kim said, “The vicious slander of hostile forces and the total pressure on the Chinese Communist Party are only the last attempt and confirm the ongoing progress of the Chinese people. I can’t do that. ” According to KCNA.

Kim’s message arrived the day after state media said at a powerful Politburo meeting that the “serious” revocation of antivirus campaigns caused a “major crisis.” He didn’t elaborate, but there was speculation that Kim might have aimed to raise a call for international support, including the shipment of vaccines.

North Korea maintains some of the world’s toughest antivirus measures, including a year and a half border closure, despite many suspicious claims that it is free of coronavirus. Such harsh measures have devastated an already struggling economy, Kim said before his country faced the “worst-ever” situation. It is unclear when North Korea will reopen its border with China, and so far there have been no reports of North Korea vaccination.

More than 90% of North Korea’s trade goes through China, and it has long been suspected that China has refused to fully implement UN sanctions on North Korea imposed on its nuclear weapons program. According to experts, China is worried about the collapse and turmoil of North Korea. This is because refugees are flooding across long borders and do not want the pro-US unified South Korea to be nearby.

On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he could send aid to North Korea.

“China and the Democratic People s Republic of Korea have a long tradition of helping each other in the face of difficulties,” the king said, referring to North Korea as an acronym for the official name. “If necessary, China will actively consider supporting North Korea.”


The Associated Press writer Kim Tong-hyun contributed to this report.

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