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    North Korean Leader Confident in Steady Development of Ties With Russia

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his confidence in the steady development of bilateral relations with Russia.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his confidence in the steady development of bilateral relations with Russia, on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of North Korea's liberation from Japan, in the letter addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

    "I am sure that the relations of friendship and cooperation between North Korea and Russia, embodied in a hard struggle against the common enemy, will steadily strengthen and develop in accordance with the desires and aspirations of the two countries' peoples," the letter said, as quoted by the state's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    Kim Jong UN wished also well-being and prosperity of the people of Russia.

    Earlier in the day, the KCNA said Kim also received a congratulatory message Putin.

    The National Liberation Day of Korea is celebrated annually on August 15 in both North and South Korea, as on that day in 1945 the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Imperial Japanese colonial rule by the United States and the Soviet Union.

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