KCNA reports that Kim Jong-un sent a message of Independence Day to Putin and the people of Russia.
Under Putin’s leadership, Kim said, “Russia has been able to brave all kinds of challenges and difficulties in fulfilling its just cause of defending the right to dignity, security and development.”
Without ever mentioning the war in Ukraine, the North Korean leader reaffirmed the “friendship between the two countries”, which “has a long history” and expressed a desire to “expand and enhance” the relationship. The demands of the new era and the aspirations of both peoples “.
Kim noted that the friendship and cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang has “entered a new phase” since the first summit between the two leaders in 2019.
“Pyongyang hopes that strategic and tactical cooperation between the two countries will become closer,” he added.
Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin met in Vladivostok, Russia in April 2019, two months after the second summit between the North Korean leader and former US President Donald Trump in Hanoi.
Vietnam to address nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.
Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have failed and talks between the two countries have stalled since that meeting.