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Rodong Sinmun Lauds Kim Jong Il's Activities for Friendship with Russia

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

Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Monday calls for consolidating and shining leader Kim Jong Il's immortal feats for the DPRK-Russia friendship.

His visit to Siberian and Far Eastern region of Russia left unforgettable traces in the history of DPRK-Russia friendship and the world political diplomacy, the paper says, and goes on:

He put the dignity and honor of the Korean nation on the highest level through his energetic foreign activities and forged close ties with Russia, thereby heartening and inspiring the world progressives aspiring after independence, peace and friendship.

His historic visit to Russia served as a significant event that opened a bright prospect for establishing fair international relations and pushing forward the cause of global independence.

It is the steadfast will of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people to constantly develop the traditional friendship with Russia to meet the demand for better international relations in the new century.

It is the common desire of the two peoples to boost the bilateral ties with the long historical tradition as required by the new century. The bilateral friendly and cooperative ties will further expand and develop by the positive efforts of the two peoples.

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