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Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations



Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un the two countries will “expand the comprehensive and
constructive bilateral relations with common efforts,” Trend reports citing
Reuters.

In a letter to Kim for Korea’s liberation day, Putin said closer
ties would be in both countries’ interests, and would help
strengthen the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and
the Northeastern Asian region, North Korea’s KCNA news agency
said.

Kim also sent a letter to Putin saying Russian-North Korean
friendship had been forged in World War II with victory over Japan,
which had occupied the Korean peninsula.

The “strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity”
between the two countries has since reached a new level is their
common efforts to frustrate threats and provocations from hostile
military forces, Kim said in the letter. KCNA did not identify the
hostile forces, but it has typically used that term to refer to the
United States and its allies.

Kim predicted cooperation between Russia and North Korea would
grow based on an agreement signed in 2019 when he met with
Putin.



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