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PYONGYANG, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kung Sok Ung on Tuesday thanked the Russian leadership for giving a warm reception to a North Korean delegation that had attended the Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony in Sochi on February 7.
The delegation was led by Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) commonly known as North Korea.
In his speech at a Pyongyang reception given on Tuesday on the occasion of Russia’s Diplomat’s Day, Kung Sok Ung emphasized that the North Korean delegation had had a chance to see that Russia has enormous potential and might with its own eyes. He said that the delegation had conveyed greetings of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on successful organization of the Olympic Games to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The North Korean deputy foreign minister also spoke about a series of bilateral talks and consultations held in Sochi to discuss further development of relations between North Korea and Russia in the spirit of agreements reached at the summit level.
Kung Sok Ung also said that North Korea and Russia would hopefully strengthen the relations of friendship and cooperation on the basis of reciprocal visits, enhancement of economic cooperation and expansion of cultural ties.
In turn, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Timonin stressed the need to normalize the situation on the Korean peninsula and improve inter-Korean relations. He also urged the parties in conflict to end reciprocal confrontation. In his speech at Tuesday’s reception, Timonin pledged that Russia and other participants in the six-way talks on the North Korean nuclear problem would exert efforts to resume the negotiations.
“We intend to continue economic and humanitarian cooperation with the DPRK and get ready to implement trilateral projects involving Russia, the DPRK and the Republic of Korea,” Timonin emphasized.