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Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations - KCNA

World Aug 14, 2022 07:10PM ET
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By Josh Smith

SEOUL (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the two countries will "expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts," Pyongyang's state media reported on Monday.

In a letter to Kim for Korea's liberation day, Putin said closer ties would be in both countries' interests, and would help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and the Northeastern Asian region, North Korea's KCNA news agency said.

Kim also sent a letter to Putin saying Russian-North Korean friendship had been forged in World War II with victory over Japan, which had occupied the Korean peninsula.

The "strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity" between the two countries has since reached a new level is their common efforts to frustrate threats and provocations from hostile military forces, Kim said in the letter. KCNA did not identify the hostile forces, but it has typically used that term to refer to the United States and its allies.

Kim predicted cooperation between Russia and North Korea would grow based on an agreement signed in 2019 when he met with Putin.

North Korea in July recognised two Russian-backed breakaway "people's republics" in eastern Ukraine as independent states, and officials raised the prospect of North Korean workers being sent to the areas to help in construction and other labour.

Ukraine, which is resisting a Russian invasion described by Moscow as a "special military operation", immediately severed relations with Pyongyang over the move.

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations - KCNA
 

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Keith Wilson
Keith Wilson Aug 14, 2022 8:39PM ET
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Great! A Russia/North Korea/China coalition is what the world needs. Thanks Brandon!
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A strengthened US/EUROPE/BRITAN/AUTRALIA/JAPAN alliance... and Sweden and Finland in NATO... is what freedom needs. Thanks Bideb!
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Good... Maybe they can trade also, North Korea can sell Russian bicycles
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bitcoin getting ready to make a major plunge to 12000 ........ people have lost billions of Dollars so far...... Putin is sending !oveletters to his fellow psychopath in North Korea...birds of a feather stick together...Putin bringing more dishonor and disgust on the Russian people...
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Russian people must be very proud.
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