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Kim Yong Nam Meets Putin

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, who was on a Russia visit to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on June 14.

Kim Yong Nam conveyed to Putin the warm greetings and personal letter sent by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission.
The Russian President expressed his thanks for the letter and asked him to convey his heartfelt greetings to the DPRK leader.
He said he was glad for Kim Yong Nam’s visit to his country and referred to the excellent and long history of the ties between Russia and the DPRK that mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
He also said he rejoices at and highly appreciates the start of the process of détente and the opening of prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.
Russia will continue to make active efforts for the peaceful settlement of the Korean peninsula issue, he said, expressing the stand to bolster up bilateral economic cooperation.
Kim Yong Nam said that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, at the recent meeting with the Russian foreign minister, pointed to the need to constantly develop the strategic and traditional relationship in the interests of the two countries and as required by the new era.
He underlined the necessity to reenergize high-level visits and activate exchange and cooperation in different fields in this year of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties, thereby further boosting bilateral relations.
The talk proceeded in an amicable atmosphere.
The meeting was attended by deputy foreign minister Sin Hong Chol and ambassador Kim Hyong Jun from the DPRK side and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov from the Russian side.
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