The Russian head of state received his North Korean counterpart during a rare official visit
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the DPRK, the official Korean News Agency reported, saying the offer was accepted.
Kim was received at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East region on Wednesday as he is on an official visit to the country. Met by Putin and other senior Russian officials at the space launch site, Kim reportedly invited the president to see his own country in person after the event.
“At the end of the reception, Kim Jong-un courteously invited Putin to visit the DPRK at an appropriate time,” KCNA reported, adding that “Putin accepted the invitation with pleasure and reaffirmed his desire to continue the history and tradition of friendship between Russia and the DPRK.”
However, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, no concrete plans have yet been developed for such a visit.
“No, not planned yet. There are no such projects yet. But I repeat once again that this is our neighbor and it is in our interest to develop relations that correspond to our interests. he told reporters.
Two rounds of bilateral talks took place at the cosmodrome, including one involving the North Korean and Russian delegations and another face-to-face meeting between Putin and Kim. The North Korean leader reportedly stressed the importance of “the traditional and strategic friendship between the DPRK and Russia” to say it “powerfully encouraged the just struggle to realize the cause of independence against imperialism” by KCNA.
Besides Kim, DPRK Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and several other senior officials were invited to the meeting, which was also attended by Moscow’s defense chief Sergei Shoigu, who visited South Korea. North with a Russian delegation in July.
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