Ambassador says North Korean, Russian diplomats work to boost defense, political dialogue

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MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The foreign ministries of North Korea and Russia are holding consultations on boosting defense and political dialogue, North Korea’s Ambassador to Moscow Kim Hyung Jun said at a meeting with Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev on Monday.

“Our meeting shows how well friendly relations between North Korea and Russia have been progressing. You have just mentioned Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko’s visit to Pyongyang last year and a visit by North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly head,” the ambassador said. “Ties between the two countries’ parliaments have intensified,” he added.

Kim Hyung Jun pointed out that relations between Pyongyang and Moscow had progressed in 2018. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first intergovernmental agreement on economic and cultural cooperation. On this occasion, the two foreign ministries are holding consultations on expanding and strengthening economic, defense and political ties, as well as relations in other areas,” he said.

According to Kim Hyung Jun, the North Korean-Russian intergovernmental commission will meet in Moscow in early March.

“The next meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic, science and technical cooperation is expected to take place in Moscow in early March,” he said.

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