Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his intentions to expand his country’s comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with North Korea.
In a letter sent to Kim Jong-un on Pyongyang’s Liberation Day, Mr Putin said the move would be in both countries interests.
In turn, Mr Kim said the friendship between both nations had been forged in World War II with victory over Japan.
He added that their “comradely friendship” would grow stronger.
According to a report by North Korean state media outlet KCNA, Mr Putin said the expanded bilateral relations would “conform with the interests of the two countries”.
In his letter, Mr Kim said the Russia-North Korea friendship “forged in the anti-Japanese war” had been “consolidated and developed century after century”.
It added that “strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity” between the two countries “had been put on a new high stage, in the common front for frustrating the hostile forces’ military threat and provocation”.
Pyongyang did not identify the hostile forces by name, but the term has been used repeatedly by North Korea to refer to the US and its allies.
The Soviet Union was once a major ally of North Korea, offering economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and aid.