North Korea ready to welcome Putin’s state visit


North Korea says it is ready to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for a state visit.

The state official Korea Central News Agency on Sunday said that Putin has expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang, reporting the results of its Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui’s recent trip to Moscow.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea warmly welcomes the state visit of comrade president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to our country. We are ready to receive the best friend of the Korean people with utmost respect,” the KCNA said.

Choe, who was in Moscow until Friday at the invitation of her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, held talks with Putin there. Following the meeting, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Russian president has been invited to Pyongyang, without going into details about dates.


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