Kim Jong Un holds talks with Vladimir Putin

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, had talks with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, on April 25.

Present at the talks from the DPRK side were Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, and Choe Son Hui, member of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and from the Russian side were Sergei Lavrov, foreign minister, Yuri Trutnev, deputy prime minister and presidential envoy to the Far East Federal Region, Dmitri Peskov, deputy head of the Presidential Administration and president’s press secretary, Yuri Ushakov, assistant to the president’s foreign policy, Yevgeny Dietrich, minister of Transport, Alexandr Kozlov, minister of Development of the Far East and Arctic, Anatoli Yanovski, vice-minister of Energy, Oleg Belozerov, president of the Russian Railways Company, and Alexandr Matsegora, Russian ambassador to the DPRK.

At the talks, Putin expressed the firm stand and will of the Russian government to carry forward and develop the history and tradition of the Russo-DPRK friendship.

Kim Jong Un said that the meeting came to mark a particularly important occasion in reaffirming the invariable trend of the history of the DPRK-Russia relationship and further developing the friendly ties between the two countries in a more solid and progressive way, and expressed his determination to usher in a new heyday of bilateral relations true to the intention of the preceding leaders.

The talks discussed matters of further bolstering up bilateral cooperation in various fields.

The top leaders of the two countries had a discussion on promoting high-level visits including top-level meeting and contact and developing cooperation, exchange and collaboration between the governments, parliaments, regions and organizations of the two countries in various forms.

Both sides agreed to take positive measures in different fields in order to reenergize the work of the DPRK-Russia Inter-Governmental Committee for Cooperation in Trade, Economy, Science and Technology and put equally-beneficial economic and trade relations between the two countries on a higher stage.

They also analysed and assessed the trend of the Korean peninsula situation that has faced a crucial moment, before having an in-depth discussion about the ways for the two countries to promote strategic communication and tactical collaboration in the course of ensuring peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region.

The situation on the peninsula and in the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical state where it may return to the point of origin since the US took a unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks, Kim Jong Un said, adding peace and security on the peninsula will entirely depend on the future attitude of the US and the DPRK will provide for every possible situation.

Both sides agreed to strengthen mutual understanding and bonds more closely and foster strategic collaboration for ensuring regional peace and security in the future.

Kim Jong Un invited Putin to visit the DPRK at a convenient time and the invitation was readily accepted.

Both sides held in-depth conversations about vital issues of mutual concern in an amicable atmosphere overflowing with trust.