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Seoul didn't send congratulatory message to N.K. leader on re-election: ministry

All Headlines 14:54 April 19, 2019

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea did not send a congratulatory message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his recent re-election as the communist nation's leader, the unification ministry said Friday.

Earlier in the day, the North's state media said Kim sent a reply to Chinese President Xi Jinping for congratulating him on his re-election as the chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the country's highest seat of power, adding Xi was the "first to send sincere and warm congratulations."

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong also sent congratulatory messages to Kim, according to the state media.

Asked whether South Korea also sent such message, unification ministry spokesperson Lee Sang-min said the government did not take such action.

"As far as I know, there were no specific actions, as such, that took place," Lee told a regular press briefing.

North Korea held the first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly last week and carried out a major personnel reshuffle, including the replacement of its premier and the president of the Presidium of the SPA.

The first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly, North Korea's parliament, takes place in Pyongyang on April 11, 2019, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency the next day. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was re-elected as chairman of the country's top decision-making body, the State Affairs Commission, at the meeting. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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