Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun Monday devotes an article to the 2nd anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il’s historic visit to the Far Eastern Region of the Russian Federation.
His visit to the Far Eastern Region of Russia marked another diplomatic event in putting the traditional DPRK-Russia friendly and cooperative relations on a new higher stage in keeping with the desire and interests of the peoples of the two countries and the trend and requirements of the new century and ensuring peace and stability in Asia and the rest of the world, the article says, and goes on:
The friendly and cooperative relations between the DPRK and Russia have been developed with vigor for 2 years since his visit.
The top leaders of the two countries have exchanged personal letters and messages of greetings on different occasions and exchange of delegations including high-level delegations has been activated for that period.
The DPRK-Russia relations have been getting closer in various fields, displaying their vivid vitality, based on the DPRK-Russia joint declarations signed by the two top leaders.
The DPRK people are paying deep attention to the social development of Russia, a neighbor on the other side of the River Tuman. Under the leadership of President V.V. Putin the Russian people are working hard to build a powerful Russia, achieve the stability of the country and national unity and defend the security and interests of the state. Russia has achieved successes by channeling great efforts into the work to increase the defence and economic potentials. It is playing an increasing role in combating terrorism, averting a war and guaranteeing world peace and security and fairly solving international issues. This is duly appreciated by the Korean people.
The Russian people have voiced support to the Korean people in their drive to build a great prosperous powerful nation and achieve peace and the peaceful reunification of Korea. This encourages them.
Steadily boosting the DPRK-Russia friendship is in line with the basic interests of the peoples of the two countries and their strategic interests and beneficial to guaranteeing peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world and building a new just world structure.
The Korean people are convinced that the bonds of friendship between the DPRK and Russia will grow stronger thanks to the concerted efforts of the two countries.
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