N. Korea vows to increase ties with Russia at the 73rd anniversary bilateral ties

As they marked the 73rd anniversary for establishing ties, North Korea stressed their “invariable” friendship to Russia on Tuesday. They also pledged to strengthen their cooperation in a “dangerous environment”.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the North’s Foreign Ministry stated that there was an “unwavering progress” in bilateral relations since the April 2019 meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On October 12, 1948, North Korea established diplomatic relations with Russia, then the Soviet Union — the first diplomatic relations between Pyongyang and Russia.

Kim “is paying close attention to the development North Korea-Russia relations” and is opening up a new phase in bilateral relations, as required by the new era, the Ministry stated in a statement posted on its website.

“Even in adverse circumstances caused by the global pandemic, and the vicissitudes international situation, DPRK (and the Russian Federation) are… continually strengthening strategic cooperation with respect to the issue bilateral relations and other international matters.” DPRK is the official name of the North, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.