North Korea pledges to expand ties with Russia ahead of summit anniversary

SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) — North Korea on Sunday pledged to continue expanding and developing its ties with Russia on the eve of the third anniversary of the summit between leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kim and Putin held the summit in the Far Eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. The third anniversary comes as the North underlined friendly ties with Russia amid deepening tensions between Moscow and Washington following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, DPRK-Russia relations, even in the face of challenges and pressure from the United States and its vassal forces, continue to grow and strengthen…and help secure peace and security. security in the region and to establish the international order on the basis of independence and justice,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in an article posted on its website.

“It is an invariable position of the DPRK government to extend and develop in all fields the relations of friendship and cooperation with Russia, our friend and friendly neighbor, in accordance with the agreement reached at the historic summit DPRK-Russia,” the ministry said.

DPRK stands for the official name of the North, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

He said Kim’s visit to Russia “was a historic event that served as a turning point in bringing friendly relations between the two countries to a new high stage.”

“After the historic Vladivostok DPRK-Russia summit, the long-standing relations of DPRK-Russia friendship are developing more vigorously thanks to the special care of the leaders of the two countries,” the ministry said.