Posted March. 21, 2005 22:35,
North Korean Prime Minister Park Bong Ju will visit China from March 22 to 27, following an invitation from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. It marks the first visit by a Northern high-ranking official after the visit to the North of Wang Jiarui, minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, on February 19.
The main purpose of Park`s visit, following U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice`s visit to Beijing during her Asia tour, will be a discussion over Rice`s message to the North.
A government official said, "Park, the head of the North Korean economy, will focus on getting more economic aid," and added, "As participating countries` efforts to resume the six-way talks have entered the final stages, the main agenda will be the North`s return to the negotiation table."