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Russia's Putin sends congratulatory message to N. Korean leader: report

All Headlines 21:12 April 13, 2019

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to congratulate him on his reelection to the highest post in the North, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday.

The report said the letter was delivered Friday, one day after Kim was reelected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission at the first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly.

"I offer my sincere congratulations to your reelection as the chairman of the State Affairs Commission," Putin wrote, according to KCNA.

"I am confident your activities at the highest level will contribute to the development of the friendly relationship between our two countries and their people, and to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," the Russian president added.

Kim, 34, came to power when his father and former leader, Jong-il, died in 2011. He was first elected to the then newly created post in 2016.

Russia, along with China, is one of the largest supporters of North Korea.

China's Xi Jinping also sent a congratulatory message to Kim, according to earlier reports.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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