Jun 1, 2018
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang on May 31.
Lavrov was accompanied by Russian officials including Igor Morgulov, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandr Matsegora, Russian ambassador to the DPRK, Oleg Stepanov, director of the External Policy Planning Department of the Foreign Ministry, Oleg Burmistrov, roving ambassador of the Foreign Ministry, and Igor Sagitov, deputy director of the Asia 1 Department of the Foreign Ministry.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was pleased to see Lavrov, exchanging greetings with him, and had a photograph taken with the Russian guests.
He warmly welcomed Lavrov and his party to the DPRK and had an amicable conversation with them.
Lavrov courteously conveyed the personal letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un expressed gratitude to Putin for sending a warm-hearted and wonderful letter and gave his appreciation to Putin.
Both sides exchanged the intentions and views of the top leaderships of the DPRK and Russia on the development of the situation on the Korean peninsula and beyond that is in the limelight worldwide and the prospect of the situation. They also discussed how to bolster up bilateral political and economic ties and promote cooperation.
Lavrov highly appreciated the fact that the DPRK has properly steered relations with south Korea and the US and adopted substantial measures to take the peninsula and regional situation to a phase of stability. Russia fully supports the DPRK’s decision and stand related to the upcoming DPRK-US summit talks and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and hopes for good results in this regard, he said.
We remain unchanged, consistent and steadfast in our readiness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula,Kim Jong Un said, adding he hopes that the DPRK-US relationship and the denuclearization of the peninsula would be settled step by step in such a way as to seek a solution that satisfies each other’s interests by means of a new method, under a new situation and in a new era and that the settlement of the issue would be pushed through an effective, constructive dialogue and negotiation.
Both sides agreed to promote high-level visits, boost exchange and cooperation in different fields and hold the summit meeting between the top leaders of the two countries—this year marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations—in a bid to further develop the strategic, traditional relationship in the interests of both sides and in line with the requirements of a new era. Kim Jong Un expressed great satisfaction with the talk which helped him confirm the stand and intention of the Russian leadership and build a new political and strategic relationship based on mutual trust between the two countries.
The talk proceeded through in a friendly and amicable atmosphere.