Moscow, The Indonesia Post – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Wednesday that relations with Russia were his country’s “top priority.”
While meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome space launch station in Russia’s Amur region, in the Far East, where he was invited, Kim expressed thanks to Putin for his warm welcome and praised Russia’s role and achievements in space exploration.
Kim said Russian-North Korean friendship had “firm roots” and the Soviet Union played “a very important role in the country’s liberation,” according to a statement from the Kremlin.
“And now, relations with the Russian Federation are the most important priority for our countries. I am confident that our joint meeting will be another moment to elevate our relations to a new level,” Kim said.
Kim also emphasized that Russia has risen in the sacred struggle to defend its country’s sovereignty and security against hegemonic powers.
“We always provide support, and support all of President Putin’s decisions, as well as the decisions of the Russian government. I hope we will always fight together against imperialism and to build a sovereign country,” said Kim.
Meanwhile, the Russian President noted that the meeting took place this year, when the two countries celebrated 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and Pyongyang will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the War of Independence and the victory of the Korean people in that war in the near future.
“Of course, we need to discuss economic cooperation as well as humanitarian issues,” Putin said.
Next, Putin and Kim visited several facilities at the space station and inspected new buildings and infrastructure.
Apart from that, President Putin also showed the Russian Aurus, a family of executive and high-class cars to the North Korean leader.
Vostochny is Russia’s first civilian space station. Located in the Amur region near the town of Tsiolkovsky.
Construction of the station began in 2012, and the first launch at Vostochny took place in 2016. (mhn/bbs)