Pyongyang, July 18 (KCNA) — July 19 is the fifth anniversary of the historic DPRK-Russia Joint Declaration.
It was adopted during Russian President V.V. Putin’s visit to the DPRK from July 19 to 20 Juche 89 (2000) at the invitation of Kim Jong Il, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.
It has been conducive to the development of the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries on new terms, peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world and to the sound progress of international relations.
The adoption of the declaration was a golden event that laid a solid foundation to develop in depth the traditional DPRK-Russia friendship in accordance with the will and desire of the two governments and two peoples in the new century.
The past five years have witnessed such development.
Kim Jong Il paid historic visits to the Russian Federation in 2001 and 2002 at the invitation of Putin. They marked a new turning point in the friendship between the two countries.
During his visits Kim Jong Il met and had talks with Putin and conversed with a number of central and local leading officials of Russia in a friendly atmosphere, thus making a great contribution to the bilateral friendly and cooperative relations and the cause of world peace.
In March last Kim Jong Il received a medal commemorating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War awarded by Putin and called at the Russian embassy in Pyongyang several times.
Visits, contacts and exchanges of senior officials and delegations of the two countries have been frequent. Among them were the visits to the DPRK by the foreign Minister, chairman of the Russian Federation Council and delegations of the Supreme Court and the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The two governments have exchanged views on a series of issues of common concern, strengthened cooperation in the international arena and signed protocols, agreements and cooperation plans in the political, economic, cultural and other fields which are now under implementation.
The performance tours of the DPRK by the State Academic Moiseyev Folk Dance Troupe and other Russian art troupes deepened the friendly feelings of the two peoples for each other.
The people of the DPRK will in the future, too, make every possible effort to further strengthen the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries to suit the spirit of the joint declaration.
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