China, N. Korea vow to maintain strong bilateral ties amid US-ROK military drill concerns

February 16th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Feb 16 (ANI): China and North Korea have reportedly vowed to maintain their close bilateral ties and jointly work towards establishing regional security amid concerns that South Korea and the United States would conduct a joint military drill in the Korean Peninsula soon.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has told the Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu in Pyongyang that the leaders should work towards attaining a strong economic and security bond between the two countries, China Daily reports.

Expressing satisfaction over the continuous and smooth development of DPRK-China relations in various fields, Meng said that that the strong bilateral ties have contributed greatly to regional peace and stability.

On Tuesday, Seoul and Washington had announced plans for yet another joint exercise from February 28 to March 10 following their high-profile demonstration of military power last year in the region, the paper said.

Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul has said that the upcoming annual military exercise aims at enhancing the defence posture against “any potential contingency that could arise” on the Korean Peninsula.

Military tensions on the peninsula have been growing ever since the sinking of a South Korean warship in March last year. Seoul had held North Korea responsible for the sinking, but Pyongyang had denied all allegations against it.

The situation worsened after an exchange of fire occurred between the two countries last November near their disputed maritime border. (ANI)

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