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Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand relations

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has said Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations, Pyongyang’s state news agency, the KCNA, reported on Monday. Putin told the North Korean ruler, Kim Jong-un, that the two countries would “expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts”, the KCNA reported on Monday.

In a letter to Kim for North Korea’s liberation day, Putin said closer ties would be in both countries’ interests, and would help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and the north-eastern Asian region, the KCNA said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un pose for a photo during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2019. Photograph: Reuters

Kim also reportedly sent a letter to Putin saying Russian-North Korean friendship had been forged in the second world war with victory over Japan. Their “strategic and…

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This article was written by Joe Middleton (now) Samantha Lock (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com