North Korea pledges to expand bilateral ties with Russia

North Korea on Sunday vowed to broaden and strengthen ties with Russia on the eve of the third anniversary of a summit between leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

April 25 this year marks the third anniversary of the summit, which was held in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in 2019. The North has highlighted friendly ties with Russia amid growing tensions between Moscow and Washington following the invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, DPRK-Russia relations, even in the face of challenges and pressure from the United States and its vassal forces, continue to grow and strengthen…and help to ensure peace and security in the region and to establish the international order based on independence and justice”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the North mentioned in an article published on its website.

“It is an invariable position of the DPRK government to extend and develop in all fields the relations of friendship and cooperation with Russia, our friend and friendly neighbor, in accordance with the agreement reached at the historic summit DPRK-Russia,” the ministry said.

North Korea has previously criticized US President Joe Biden, calling him an “old man in his senility” after accusing Putin of war crimes in Ukraine.

“The latest story is about the US chief executive who slandered the Russian president with baseless data,” said a comment carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). “Such reckless remarks can only be made by descendants of the Yankees, masters of aggression and complicity.”

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