A ranking Chinese official pledges to actively enforce NK sanctions
SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A top Chinese official from Heilongjiang Province in the country's northeast pledged to "actively" implement the latest package of U.N. Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on North Korea, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Wang Xiankui, the Communist Party Secretary of the resource-rich province close to the North, made the pledge during his luncheon meeting with Seoul's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, saying that his province would make efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (R) shakes hands with Wang Xiankui (L), the Communist Party Secretary of Heilongjiang Province, before their luncheon meeting in Seoul on April 11, 2016, in the photo provided by the Foreign Ministry. (Yonhap)
Yun called on Wang to actively support the enforcement of the UNSC sanctions at the provincial level, pointing out that Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and long-range rocket launch have had a "negative" impact on the security of China's three northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Jilin.
On the invitation of the ministry, Wang came here on Sunday for a three-day stay focusing on bolstering bilateral trade and exchanges. The invitation is part of Seoul's efforts to build ties with influential Chinese officials. Since 2005, Seoul has invited two or three Chinese provincial leaders each year.
Seoul officials said that there is a great potential for cooperation with Heilongjiang Province in terms of business and trade. The province is also where a memorial hall to honor Ahn Jung-geun, a revered Korean independence fighter, is located.