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Kim Jong Il Is Close Friend of Chinese People: Chinese Ambassador
Pyongyang, February 16 (KCNA) -- Liu Hongcai, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, had an interview with journalists of media organs in Pyongyang and foreign correspondents on Thursday after laying a floral basket before the portrait of smiling leader Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung Square to pay homage to him on the Day of the Shining Star.

Expressing deep reverence for Kim Jong Il, the ambassador said:

I cannot repress my ardent yearning for him today, the significant Day of the Shining Star.

His benevolent and kind image comes to my mind and his voice is still ringing in my ears.

General Secretary Kim Jong Il is the great leader of the Korean people and a close friend of the Chinese people.

He showed deep care for the development of the Sino-DPRK friendly relations and performed enormous feats in boosting these relations.

It is him who glorified the traditional Sino-DPRK friendship, forged and cultivated by President Kim Il Sung together with elder revolutionaries of China.

It is the common understanding of the two parties and countries and the desire of the two peoples to consolidate and develop this friendship.

In the new century General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited China several times and met and forged warm friendship with party and state leaders of China.

He prompted the development of the China-DPRK friendly relationship and opened up radiant vistas for it.

He received Chinese party, government and military delegations visiting the DPRK and gave receptions for them.

He attached importance to the development of the traditional relations of friendship between the two parties and countries.

The overall exchange and cooperation between the two countries grew stronger under his deep care.

While being active in the DPRK I witnessed the Korean people striving to build a thriving socialist country, rallied as one in mind under the leadership of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

The Korean people are now translating his far-reaching plan into a brilliant reality.

I heartily hope that the Korean people would achieve prosperity under the leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Un.

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