Pyongyang, May 6 (KCNA) — Talks between delegations of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK and the State Duma of the Russian Federation
took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today.
The talks expressed the common intention of both sides to further develop parliamentary relations between the two countries in conformity with the DPRK-Russia relations of friendship and cooperation developing on good terms in all fields and discussed relevant measures.
Both sides exchanged views on the international issues of mutual concern and stressed the need to strengthen mutual cooperation in the international arena.
The Russian side expressed its understanding that the measures recently taken by the DPRK regarding the DPRK-U.S. nuclear issue are reasonable and there is no other means and showed its interest in the DPRK’s stand on the settlement of the nuclear issue..
The DPRK side recalled that the U.S. administration has stuck to its policy of totally negating the DPRK’s system and not co-existing with it under any circumstances. Under this situation the DPRK could not participate in the six-party talks and has resolved to bolster its nuclear arsenal steadily, it noted, and went on:
There is no change in the DPRK principled stand to remain committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and seek a negotiated peaceful solution to the nuclear issue. If the U.S. moves with trustworthy sincerity toward the DPRK and provides conditions and justification for the resumption of the six-party talks, it will return to the talks anytime.
The Russian side noted that Russia and the DPRK have the ties based on profound trust, adding that it would strive to find a solution to the nuclear issue on the basis of the latter’s stand.
The talks proceeded in a friendly and sincere atmosphere.
Present there from the DPRK side were members of the delegation of the SPA led by Deputy to the SPA Hong So Hon, chairman of the DPRK-Russia Friendship Parliamentary Group and from the Russian side members of the delegation of the State Duma led by Chairman of its International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev and Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Andrei Karlov.
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