North Korea: Kim confirms readiness to visit Russia — Speaker Matviyenko

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un confirmed his readiness to make an official visit to Russia after receiving a letter of invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko in Pyongyang on Saturday. According to Matviyenko, the meeting with the North Korea leader lasted for approximately an hour, although only 30 minutes were initially... Еще planned for the protocol. The conversation turned out to be friendly, and Kim Jong-un expressed that he is prepared to visit Russia without delay to discuss bilateral relations and the international agenda with Putin. «He does not want to postpone the visit and now the diplomatic channels will begin coordinating the time and place of this visit,» added Matviyenko. According to the Russian Council Speaker, the North Korean leader stressed the fact that «Russia plays an extremely important role in the political and diplomatic settlement of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula.» On Saturday morning, Matviyenko paid her respects at the Kim-Il Sung and Kim Jong-il statutes on Mansu Hill, as well as at the Liberation Monument, a monument to Soviet soldiers on Moran Hill.

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