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N. Korea vows to strengthen ties with Russia on 73rd anniv. of bilateral ties

North Korea 16:06 October 12, 2021

By Choi Soo-hyang and Chae Yun-hwan

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday stressed its "invariable" friendship with Russia as they celebrated the 73rd anniversary of establishing ties, vowing to further enhance their cooperation against an "adverse environment."

Referring to the first meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin in April 2019, the North's foreign ministry said "an unwavering advance" in bilateral relations was "reaffirmed" and the "long-standing" relations will "invariably be strengthened and developed."

North Korea established diplomatic ties with Russia, then the Soviet Union, on Oct. 12, 1948 -- the first diplomatic relations for the North.

Kim "is always paying deep attention to the development of the DPRK-Russia relations ... and is opening up a new development in the bilateral relations as required by the new era," the ministry said in a statement released on its website.

DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Even in the face of adverse environment caused by the global pandemic and the vicissitudes of international situation, the DPRK and the Russian Federation are ... continuously strengthening strategic cooperation with regard to the issue of bilateral relations and other international issues," the ministry said.

In this file photo, taken on April 25, 2019, and carried by the Korean Central News Agency the next day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un toasts Russian President Vladimir Putin during a post-summit dinner at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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