Putin in his letter promises Kim Jong-un "all-round and constructive" bilateral relations. In February, Moscow broke the issue of sending workers from the DPRK to restore the Donbas.
Vladimir Putin wrote in a letter to Kim Jong-un that the Russian Federation and the DPRK would use "joint efforts" to expand "all-round and constructive" bilateral relations. Deytsche Welle reports from a letter sent by the Russian leader to the North Korean leader on the occasion of South Korea's Independence Day on June 15, quoted by the North Korean state news agency KCNA.
According to Putin, the reduction of bilateral ties will meet the interests of both countries. Moreover, together Russia and North Korea will be able to enhance security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the entire Near East Asia region, says the President of the Russian Federation.
Kim Jong In also sent Putin a sheet in which he said that "strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity" between Russia and North Korea have reached a new level. He stressed the "joint efforts to resist threats and provocations from the military forces. KCNA did not specify which belligerent forces were in mind, but the North Korean leader often uses the term to refer to the United States and its allies, Reuters reports.
In February, North Korea recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, while Moscow has broken with Pyongyang about sending DPRK workers to rehabilitate the Donbass.
The UN and IAEA fear that North Korea is now preparing to conduct its first nuclear test of 2017, as evidenced by the activity that began in recent months at the Punggye-ri underground test site in the middle of the country. According to satellite images, tunnels are being repaired there and the structures, which were demolished in 2018 during the negotiations with the U.S., are being renovated. The DPRK conducted six nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site between 2006 and 2017.
U.S. President Joe Biden said in February that Washington is ready for any new tests of military equipment on the part of North Korea. At the same time he did not dismiss the possibility of a personal meeting with Kim Jong-un.