North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has called for reopening international nuclear talks while stressing the importance of the "rising generation" taking over the "baton of the traditional friendship" with China, according to the official news agencies of the two countries Monday, Yonhap News reported.
"With the international situation remaining complicated, it is our important historical mission to hand over to the rising generation the baton of the traditional friendship passed over by the revolutionary forerunners of the two countries as a precious asset so as to carry it forward through generations," Kim said at a banquet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
Ever since Pyongyang boycott the SPT, the nuclear talks have been stalled since its last session in 2008. The prospects of reopening the forum have been further overshadowed by North Korea's deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
Kim Jong-il wants to resume six-party talks [ Korea Herals/Asia News, 31 August 2010]