N. Korea Highlights Friendly Ties With Russia On Summit Anniversary

N. Korea Highlights Friendly Ties With Russia On Summit Anniversary

NK vowed efforts to advance friendly relations with Russia on the anniversary of a joint declaration when Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Pyongyang in 2000.

Andrew H. Sweet

Citing Kim Jong-il's multiple visits to Russia after 2000 and the 2019 summit between his son and current leader Kim Jong-un and Putin in Vladivostok, the ministry said such meetings had affirmed an unwavering trend in "strategic and traditional" ties between Pyongyang and Moscow.

North Korea has intensified efforts to strengthen its ties with its traditional socialist allies and friends, including China and Russia, amid the long-stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

North Korean leader Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed their commitment to advancing their relations as they exchanged messages to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a friendship treaty.

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