Vietnam always attaches importance to developing ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and wants to further enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in economics, trade, investment and culture.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving visiting President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK Kim Yong-nam in Hanoi on August 7.

The PM expressed his pleasure at the good outcomes of President Kim Yong-nam’s meetings with President Truong Tan Sang and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The Vietnamese Government will effectively implement the agreements between President Kim Yong-nam and Vietnamese leaders during his visit, PM Dung affirmed.

On the Korean Peninsula issue, the Vietnamese government leader affirmed that Vietnam consistently supports a peaceful, stable and developed Korean Peninsula as well as dialogue, reconciliation, and peaceful reunification between the two Koreas.

Dung also took this occasion to extend his deep sympathy over human and property losses caused by the recent natural disasters in the DPRK.

President Kim Yong-nam expressed his pleasure to visit Vietnam again and witness the achievements the country has made in socio-economic development and national construction, considering them as an encouragement to the DPRK in its national construction and development process.

The DPRK always attaches importance to and wants to ceaselessly consolidate and further strengthen the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam, he said, adding that his country also wishes Vietnam will share experience in socio-economic building and development.

President Kim Yong-nam thanked Vietnam for its decision to provide 5,000 tonnes of rice for the DPRK people.

Regarding the East Sea issue, President Kim affirmed the DPRK’s stance of supporting the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures.

The two sides agreed to continue to maintain visits and exchanges between leaders at all levels to seek measures to improve bilateral cooperation effectiveness and strengthen collaboration at regional and international forums.-VNA