Kim Jong Un and Putin ‘regularly’ exchange messages

February 13, 2015

NK News:

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

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