North Korea And Russia Exchanged Greetings On The 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
North Korea And Russia Exchanged Greetings On The 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent each other messages marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and Moscow, media reported on Friday.
Kim had said that relations between Pyongyang and Moscow had developed on the basis of the “principle of mutual respect, good neighborliness and mutual benefits,” the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported, citing an official message carried by the North Korean state-run KCNA news agency.
The North Korean leader also expressed hope that the ties between the two countries would develop in line with the interests of the peoples of Russia and North Korea.
Putin, in his turn, also underlined the continuing development of Russian-North Korean constructive relations.
“For the past decades the Russian Federation and [North Korea] have accumulated lots of experience in the course of constructive cooperation in various fields,” Putin said in his message, as quoted by Yonhap.
The Russian president also expressed hope that Moscow and Pyongyang would continue strengthening their relations, including a trilateral program with Seoul, which will help increase stability on the Korean Peninsula.
Putin’s message, however, did not elaborate on the details of the joint program between North Korea, Russia and South Korea.
The Soviet Union was the first state to recognize North Korea on October 12, 1948.
Bilateral relations have noticeably grown over the recent years due to efforts made by the North Korean leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ambassador noted.
The United Nations Security Council has introduced multiple sanctions against North Korea in response to the latter’s repeated missile launches and nuclear tests. The body, in particular, has banned foreign companies from hiring North Korean workers.
The Russian, Chinese and North Korean deputy foreign ministers have agreed that the UNSC should begin timely revision of the sanctions against Pyongyang, the joint communique, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Wednesday, said.
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