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NKorean leader sends congratulatory message to Putin

NKorean leader sends congratulatory message to Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has sent a birthday greeting to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday, amid mounting tensions over a possible nuclear weapons test by the reclusive communist country.
In a brief message, Kim extended congratulations to Putin on his 54th birthday and wished him success in accomplishing Russia's socio-economic development, KCNA said.
The U.N. Security Council warned North Korea on Friday of unspecified consequences if it carries out its first test of an atomic bomb and urged the communist regime to abandon all nuclear weapons and cancel plans to detonate a device.
Russia is one of North Korea's traditional allies, although since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union it has been replaced by China as the North's main benefactor.
Russia is also involved in the long-stalled six-nation talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.
The talks last convened in November, when negotiators failed to make progress toward implementing a September agreement in which the North pledged to abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for security guarantees and aid.
North Korea has since refused to return to the nuclear talks in anger over financial restrictions imposed by the U.S. for alleged counterfeiting and money laundering.
The U.S., Japan and South Korea are the other countries involved in the six-party talks.


Updated : 2021-04-11 19:04 GMT+08:00