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President Vladimir Putin sent a reply message to Chairman of the DPRK Defence Committee and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong-il

June 25, 2000

The message said:

“I would like to thank you for your warm wishes on Russia’s national holiday. In my turn, I would like to congratulate you on the successful conclusion of the high-level meeting in Pyongyang, which was held for the first time in inter-Korean relations. I am certain that the understanding which was reached will lead to Korean unification. Russia is ready to help promote this important process.

“I am convinced that our upcoming meeting in Pyongyang will be an important step forward in the strengthening and development of dialogue and cooperation between Russia and North Korea.

“I would like to wish you good health and luck in your work.”

June 25, 2000