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The head of the Ministry of Regional Development discussed with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the DPRK in the Russian Federation cross-border and interregional cooperation
14 August The Minister of Regional Development Igor Slyunyaev held a working meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation Kim Yong-jae, during which issues of cross-border and interregional cooperation between the two countries were discussed. The meeting was also attended by Konstantin Shkred, Director of the Department of International Relations, Development of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation, Anna Popova, Deputy Director of the Department, employees of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the DPRK Embassy in the Russian Federation, the press service of the Ministry reports.
Opening the meeting, Igor Slyunyaev recalled that friendly relations between Russia and the DPRK have a long history: since 12 October 1948, the countries constantly maintain an intensive political dialogue, develop contacts and exchanges between various departments of the two countries, actively cooperate in the economic, transport and humanitarian spheres.
- I am pleased to emphasize that Moscow and Pyongyang traditionally have similar views on the development of international relations based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation based on the norms of international law. We are grateful to the DPRK for its principled position on the recognition of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia and an unbiased, objective attitude to the events taking place in eastern Ukraine today, the Minister noted.
Igor Slyunyaev and Kim Yong Je agreed that 2014 is a special year for Russian-Korean relations: the 150 anniversary of the voluntary resettlement of Koreans to Russia is celebrated.
The ambassador thanked the head of the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia for his personal contribution and participation in organizing anniversary events, as well as the great work done by the department in organizing the Russia - Korea 2014 motor rally. Kim Young Jae said that the convoy is currently passing through the territory of the DPRK.
Igor Slyunyaev stressed that Russian Koreans have always been active participants in all the processes taking place in Russia, have made a huge contribution to the history and economy of the country.
The minister called the DPRK a traditional partner of Russia. The parties noted that this year there has been an intensification of Russian-Korean cooperation in many areas, including a positive trend in the volumes of bilateral trade and investment cooperation.
According to Igor Slyunyayev, currently more than 40 regions of Russia carry out economic cooperation with the DPRK in various fields, including construction, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, health care and the clothing industry. In foreign trade, the leaders among the Russian regions are Primorsky Krai (23,4 million USD), St. Petersburg (23,1 million USD), Kemerovo region (19,4 million USD).
In addition, in September 2013, a solemn ceremony was held for the commissioning of the railway line on the Khasan-Rajin section by specialists from Russia (Russian Railways) and the DPRK, and in March 2014, a cargo terminal at pier No. 3 of the Rajin port.
In turn, Kim Yong Je called the attraction of Korean labor to work in Russia to be the most dynamic area of interregional cooperation (while in 2010, approximately 21 was employed by a thousand North Korean workers, in 2013, the quota was increased for North Koreans to 35 thousand people).
The main achievement in relations between the two countries, the DPRK Ambassador, called the completion of the settlement of the debt issue. In accordance with the agreement signed between the Governments of the two countries, more than $ 1 billion of the remaining debt will be used to implement joint investment projects in the field of health, energy and education in North Korea. Agreeing to a 90 interest charge, Russia and the DPRK focused on intensifying investment cooperation.
After the meeting, the Minister instructed the core Departments of the Ministry of Regional Development to organize a business mission in the DPRK with the participation of Russian business circles.