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Russia vows to expand relations with North Korea

Russia vows to expand relations with North Korea

Russia and North Korea will expand their "comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations", President Vladimir Putin has said.

In a letter sent to his counterpart Kim Jong-un on Pyongyang's liberation day, Mr Putin said the move would be in both countries' interests.

In turn, Mr Kim said friendship between both nations had been forged in World War Two with victory over Japan.

The Soviet Union was once a major communist ally of North Korea, offering economic co-operation, cultural exchanges and aid.

Russian-North Korean relations declined after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, but gradually picked up as Russia's relations with the West soured in recent years.