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North Korea quietly commemorates 72 years since its founding

Seoul, Sep 9 (efe-epa).- North Korea commemorated the 72nd anniversary of its founding Wednesday without reporting significant acts for the time being as the country tries to recover from the ravages caused by several typhoons.

The national holiday passed with a low profile this year despite being one of the most important dates celebrated by the regime, which at the moment is focusing its efforts on rebuilding the areas hit by recent natural disasters, added to the economic damage caused for the pandemic.

North Korean propaganda has not yet broadcast commemorative acts or events that have had the participation of leader Kim Jong-un, although they did collect the letters of congratulations and offerings sent by various foreign leaders to the dictator on Wednesday.

Among the letters released by the state agency KCNA, those of the presidents of China and Russia, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, who promised to maintain their cooperation with Kim, congratulated him on the anniversary and wished him “good health.”

China and North Korea “have helped and supported each other” after the COVID-19 outbreak, Xi said in the letter collected by KCNA, where he also added that “developing bilateral relations” constitutes a “high priority” for Beijing. in order to “accelerate peace, stability and prosperity” in the region.

Putin, for his part, highlighted the “friendly and good-neighborly” relations between Moscow and Pyongyang and opted to continue “building bilateral dialogue and beneficial cooperation” with a view to “promoting stability and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region.”

The North Korean state agency also reported the visit of a delegation of 12,000 members of the Workers’ Party to the Sun Palace in Kumsusan, where the remains of the founder of the country Kim Il-sung and his successor Kim Jong-il, are interred.

After the visit, the delegation traveled to the eastern provinces of the country to participate in the “reconstruction campaign and aid the people” in the areas hit by floods and torrential rains in recent weeks.

North Korea has been hit by three typhoons since the end of August, which left more than 1,000 homes destroyed and “dozens” of fatalities, according to scant details provided by North Korean media. EFE-EPA

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