Kim Jong Un Extends ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ to Putin, Russians for Hospitality
08:38 GMT 18.09.2023 (Updated: 09:20 GMT 18.09.2023)
© Mikhail Metzel Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
© Mikhail Metzel
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has thanked President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people for the hospitality they showed during his visit to the country and wished Russia and its citizens prosperity and well-being, North Korea's state-run news agency reported on Monday.
This past Sunday, a delegation of Russian high-ranking officials saw Kim off, as the North Korean leader wrapped up his five-day visit to Russia and boarded his armored train, at the Artem-Primorsky-1 station located in Russia's Primorsky Territory.
"He [Kim] extended his heartfelt thanks to President Putin and the Russian leadership and people for their special care and cordial hospitality in every place during the whole period of his visit to Russia, wishing Russia prosperity and its people well-being," the statement read.
Kim's visit to Russia brought about "a new radical turn" in the development of Moscow-Pyongyang relations and consolidated "the traditional ties of good neighbor and cooperation" between the two countries, state media reported.
17 September, 13:06 GMT
This was Kim's first visit to Russia since 2019. On Wednesday, the North Korean leader held talks with Putin at the Vostochny spaceport in Russia's Far East. On Saturday, Kim met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and inspected Russian military aircraft.