Xi says China backs North Korea's efforts to solve Korean Peninsula issue - Rodong Sinmun

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China supports North Korea's 'correct direction' in resolving the issue of the Korean peninsula politically, according to North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday. In an front page Rodong Sinmun op-ed, Xi said that 'we will actively contribute to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region by strengthening communication and coordination with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea,' according to the newspaper.

Reuters June 19, 2019 06:05:50 IST
Xi says China backs North Korea's efforts to solve Korean Peninsula issue - Rodong Sinmun

Xi says China backs North Koreas efforts to solve Korean Peninsula issue  Rodong Sinmun

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China supports North Korea's "correct direction" in resolving the issue of the Korean peninsula politically, according to North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday.

In an front page Rodong Sinmun op-ed, Xi said that "we will actively contribute to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region by strengthening communication and coordination with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," according to the newspaper. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is North Korea's official name.

Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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