Kim Jong Un And Putin ‘Regularly’ Exchange Messages

Wonder if China is reading their ’email exchanges?’

Kim Jong Un And Putin ‘Regularly’ Exchange Messages

Ambassador to DPRK speaks of ‘highest-level’ contact as talks of additional Russian-Korean projects continue
http://www.nknews.org/2015/02/ kim-jong-un-and-putin- regularly-exchange-messages/
February 13th, 2015Leo Byrne0

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin communicate frequently, Russia’s ambassador to the DPRK was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

Ambassador Alexander Matsegora told the Russian news service that high-level exchanges and dialogue were frequent, and that they took place at the “highest” level.

“The leaders of the two countries regularly exchange messages,” Matsegora said in comments carried by ITAR-TASS.

Matsegora also noted that the Putin’s November meeting with North Korean special envoy Choe Ryong Hae was “the main event in the bilateral relations in 2014.”

The news of the communication is in line with recent overtures from Moscow to involve North Korea in the international community. In December 2014 it was reported that Putin had invited Kim Jong Un to a ceremony marking the end of World War II in May.

While there have been some media reports that Kim Jong Un will attend the event, experts are more skeptical.

“I expect it is hard for Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in May, as his authority is not stable yet, so it is risky to leave Pyongyang,” Cho Han-bum, senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) told NK News.

In the interview with ITAR-TASS, Matsegora also echoed comments on Russian development plans made earlier in the week by his counterpart in South Korea.

“Taking into account the considerable unused potential, we are not yet satisfied with the level of its development. A lot has to be done in this direction in the future” the Russian diplomat continued.

Both diplomats also mentioned recent trilateral projects involving the DPRK, Russia and South Korea. Large-scale cooperation between the three could be significant boon to Russia, which is a significant exporter of natural gas, and is likely eying lucrative markets south of the 38th parallel.

“Russia is interested not in North Korea itself. Russia is more interested in Siberia, Far East development and connecting the Korean Peninsula to sell its natural resources,” Cho added.

Both Matsegora and the Russian Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Timonin have recently changed jobs. Up until December last year Timonin was Russia’s envoy in Pyongyang.

The KCNA Watch data tool shows that Matsegora used to be charge d’ affaires ad interim of the Russian embassy in North Korea, but was made ambassador, also in December.

Featured Image: Vladimir Putin by theglobalpanorama on 2014-07-08 04:17:13

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