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    DPRK’s Kim Thanks Presidents of China, Vietnam for Re-Election Congratulations

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong who congratulated him on being re-elected as the chairman of the North Korean State Affairs Commission.

    "Respected general secretary [of the Communist Party of China] was the first to send sincere and warm congratulations to me on my re-election as chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea … I am sincerely grateful for this and express heartfelt thanks to you," Kim wrote in a letter to Xi, as quoted by the North Korean state-run KCNA news agency.

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    In a separate message to the Vietnamese president, Kim thanked him for "powerful support and encouragement to the struggle of our Party, state and people for building a powerful socialist country."

    The re-election took place last week at a session of the North Korean parliament.

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