Landmark event in DPRK-Russia historyPyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- Papers here today including Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea, devote one whole page to the DPRK-Russia joint declaration. The declaration signed by Chairman Kim Jong Il of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and President V. V. Putin of the Russian Federation in Pyongyang on July 19 was published. It deals with the bilateral relations and international issues of mutual concern discussed at the summit meeting and talks held between the DPRK and Russian Federation. The meeting and talks in Pyongyang marked landmark events in the history of the friendly relations between the two countries. The declaration demonstrated each other's desire to strengthen the traditional relations of friendship, good neighborliness, mutual trust and multilateral cooperation and to make positive efforts for disarmament and global stability and security against all the policies of aggression and war. It says: Both sides reached a consensus of views on not allowing any outside interference in the reunification of the country and consider it important for the countries concerned to support it. The DPRK and Russia have confirmed their respect for the objective and principle of the UN Charter and oppose interference in other states' internal affairs and support each other's efforts to defend its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The DPRK and Russia call for strengthening strategic and regional stability and, at the same time, further reducing factors of use of force in international relations. In particular, the DPRK stated that its missile program does not pose any threat to anybody but is purely peaceful in its nature. The DPRK and Russia are convinced that both sides should cooperate with each other in combating any form of international terrorism and multi-national criminal activities. All peoples of the world should expand equitable and mutually beneficial international cooperation to ensure sustainable economic growth while cementing their own economic foundations. Acknowledging the invariable importance of cooperative relations between the two countries, both sides manifested the willingness to actively develop trade, economic and scientific and technological ties between the two sides and pay attention to cooperation in security, national defence and other fields.
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