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Boosting of DPRK-Russia Ties Called for

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 17 (KCNA) -- Papers here today mark the 56th anniversary of the inter-governmental agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between the DPRK and the former Soviet Union (March 17, 1949). Rodong Sinmun in a signed article says that the two countries have boosted cooperation and exchange in various fields on the basis of the agreement.
    The DPRK-Russia friendly and cooperative relations have entered the phase of a new turning point in the new century, the article says, and goes on:
    Leader Kim Jong Il's historic visit to the Russian Federation and its Far Eastern Region and President V.V. Putin's DPRK visit marked historic events as they put the DPRK-Russia friendship on a higher level in keeping with the need of the new century, the desire of the two peoples and the trend of the development of international relations, and served as an engine of injecting strong dynamism into the bilateral relations.
    Recently Kim Jong Il paid a visit to the Russian embassy here and received a medal commemorating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War presented by Russian President V.V. Putin. This eloquently proves that the bilateral relations are growing strong on a high level.
    The Russian people are now registering successes in the work to build powerful Russia, protect the security and interests of the country and achieve social stability and progress under the leadership of V.V. Putin.
    The DPRK-Russia friendly and cooperative relations will grow stronger in the future thanks to the concerted efforts of the two governments and the two peoples, the articles stresses.
    Minju Joson in a signed article notes that the above-said agreement will continue to fully display its great vitality in boosting the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.



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