Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Receives Congratulatory Message from President of Russian Federation
By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
In another data point on Russia and North Korea growing increasingly close, President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory letter to Kim on the occasion of North Korea’s Liberation Day (August 15th) from Japanese rule. There are clear limits on how far increased economic exchange can go at the moment between the two countries, but interest from both seems genuine and high. From KCNA:
Pyongyang, August 15 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, received a message of greeting from Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, on August 15.
In the message, Putin extended sincere felicitation to the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un on the occasion of the day of liberation, a national holiday.
The message noted that the two countries have deeply kept the memories of servicepersons of the Red Army and patriots of Korea who fought shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of Korea.
The glorious traditions of friendship and cooperation gained in the grim days serve as a durable foundation for developing the good neighborly relations between the Russian Federation and the DPRK today, it stressed.
It said that we would continue to expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts, adding that this would entirely conform with the interests of the peoples of the two countries and contribute to strengthening the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and the whole of the Northeastern Asian region.
It wished Kim Jong Un good health and success and all citizens of the DPRK happiness and prosperity.