The North Korean authorities intend to develop relations with Russia to jointly confront the European and American sanctions. This was stated by the first Deputy of the Department of Europe of the foreign Ministry of the DPRK Kim Yong Ho, RIA Novosti reported on Sunday, April 16.
“Russia, as our country is under sanctions by the US and the West. Between our countries should develop friendly relations, this position reflects the interests of the peoples of the two countries,” he said.
The representative of the North Korean foreign Ministry recalled that the previous head of the DPRK Kim Jong Il made several trips to Russia with visits and “has made great strides in the development of relations between the two countries.”
According to Kim Yong-Ho, these relations are developing in spite of any interference. “This is our will,” he concluded.
Kim Jong-Il visited Russia three times — in 2001, 2002 and 2011. North Korean leader was traveling across the country on his personal train. During one of his visits was an agreement to write off 90 percent of the debt of the Soviet era, the DPRK to Russia.