Kim Jong-un conveys support, urges closer relations in message to Putin

Seoul, June 12 (EFE).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conveyed his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the war in Ukraine and expressed his desire to achieve “closer strategic cooperation” in a Monday message on the occasion of Russia’s national day.

As in previous letters to Putin, Kim praised his leadership, saying that “thanks to the correct decision and guidance of the Russian president, the struggle of the Russian people to foil the hostile forces’ escalating threats and challenges to deprive Russia of its sovereignty, security and peaceful life has entered a new decisive phase.”

Kim added in the letter, published by state agency KCNA, that “justice is sure to win and the Russian people will continue to add glory to the history of victory, the tradition peculiar to them.”

North Korea is “extending full support and solidarity to the Russian people in their all-out struggle for implementing the sacred cause to preserve the sovereign rights, development and interests of their country against the imperialists’ high-handed and arbitrary practices and to realize the (sic) international justice,” the message said.

The North Korean leader also spoke of “his willingness to strive for closer strategic cooperation between (North Korea) and Russia”

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Pyongyang has shown strong support for Moscow and has accused Kyiv and the West of trying to undermine Russian sovereignty.

In its latest show of support, North Korean media published an article Friday accusing the Ukrainian government of being behind the recent blowing up of the Kakhovka reservoir dam, which seriously affected thousands of people on the banks of the Dnieper. EFE


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