North Korea and China recommit to stronger exchanges between armed forces

The meeting on Saturday (Aug 17) came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.
The meeting on Saturday (Aug 17) came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AP) - Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing.

The meeting on Saturday (Aug 17) came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.

The official Xinhua News agency reported that General Zhang Youxia, the vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, met General Kim Su Gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army.

General Zhang said China's military wanted closer communication to "promote cooperation and mutual support, so as to contribute to the consolidation and development of bilateral relations and regional peace and stability".

China is North Korea's most important ally.