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The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, expressed this Sunday (06.12.2022) his “full support” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the occasion of the celebration of Russia’s national day. The North Korean dictator sent greetings to his counterpart and to the entire Russian people, without making any mention of the large-scale invasion launched by Moscow against Ukraine in 2021, after the one that began in 2014.
Kim praised that under Putin’s leadership Russia has “boldly managed to overcome all kinds of challenges and difficulties” that the country has faced “in achieving the just cause of upholding dignity, security and the right to development.” ”. He also highlighted the friendship and cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang, which entered “a new phase” after a summit between the two leaders in 2019.
The North Korean leader reaffirmed his “position of valuing the friendship between the two countries”, which he said “has been transmitted throughout a long history”, and showed his willingness to “expand and develop” that relationship “according to the demands of the new era and of the aspirations of both peoples”. Kim also expressed his confidence that “strategic and tactical cooperation between the two countries will become closer.”
Kim Jong-un also valued the “good neighbor” relationship that North Korea has had with Russia, and stressed that relations between Pyongyang and Moscow took a “radical turn” after the meeting between the two leaders in Valdivostok in 2019, little after a failed summit between Kim and then US President Donald Trump.
“(Relations) will continue to strengthen vigorously in all fields, and the strategic and tactical cooperation between the two countries will become closer on the way to uphold international justice and ensure world security,” Kim added. North Korea is in the midst of tension with the United States and South Korea over a string of missile tests ordered by the North Korean leader.