Kim Jong-il Sends Congratulatory Message to Putin
Hanooki Times | May 9, 2005
By Reuben Staines
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sent a congratulatory message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday on the occasion of the 60 th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in World War II, the North’s Korean Central News Agency reported.
``Sixty years ago, the people of Russia shouldered a heavy responsibility in World War II and wiped out fascism in a heroic conflict, protecting the fatherland and contributing to the establishment of world peace and security,’’ Kim said in the message.
``We place great value on this momentous and historic achievement by the people of Russia,’’ he was quoted as saying.
Around 50 leaders from around the world gathered in Moscow yesterday to mark the anniversary of the war.
Kim was invited but declined to attend, although several North Korean military officials participated in the memorial as war veterans.
The reclusive North Korean leader also expressed hope for the continued development of relations between Pyongyang and Moscow. ``The long history and tradition of friendly relations between North Korea and Russia will certainly continue to develop in the future,’’ the congratulatory message said.