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“From theory we proceed to practice.” Alexander Kozlov visited the DPRK

Working visit

Alexander Kozlov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, first visited Pyongyang on a working visit.

"The working visit to Pyongyang is primarily related to the instructions given at the meeting of two of our leaders, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, during the Russian-Korean summit, which was held on April 25, 2019 in Vladivostok. During the current visit to Pyongyang We worked with our Korean colleagues in various areas. For example, we discussed the Hassan-Rajin project and the loading of this transport and logistics project, which is outside of sanctions and can be used as a transport artery. Thoroughly studied and many other issues that connect us with our Korean friends. During the meetings, solutions were found, deadlines were set, responsible persons for all projects that we will implement together, "said Alexander Kozlov.

Terms and responsibility

The first official event was the Intersessional Meeting of the Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Development is the co-chairman of the Russian part of the Intergovernmental Commission, the DPRK’s co-chairman is Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs Kim Yong Zhe. The intersessional meeting was held at the Palace of Congresses Mansude.

“Today it is raining, which you have been waiting for so long. In Russia they say that it’s good when the sun brought, and in Korea, it’s good that you brought rain,” Alexander Kozlov noted at the beginning of the meeting.

“The main goal of our visit is to agree on concrete steps to implement the agreements reached during the Russian-Korean summit. I want to emphasize that all areas of trade and economic cooperation between our countries will be discussed strictly within the framework of Russia's obligations under the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, ”the head of the Ministry of Eastern and Eastern Development said.

The main issues for discussion were further cooperation in the framework of railway projects, the establishment of trade and economic cooperation and the export / import of non-prohibited goods, including through an electronic platform and the construction of a bridge across the Tuman River (Tumangan). The parties also discussed the possibility of introducing a section on infrastructure projects into the protocol of the Intergovernmental Commission; Now there are only three areas: health, education and tourism.

"To go into practical terms, I propose to go over all the issues, check where we are and determine what needs to be done in the near future so that they will be completely resolved. We also need to identify those on both sides who will deal with these issues. It’s important to make it easier to communicate in the future and to speed up the decision-making process, ”said Alexander Kozlov.

"I noted yesterday that our joint work is a boost in our traditional dynamic cooperation. Taking this opportunity, I want to thank you that you made sincere efforts to provide all courtesy of fulfilling the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and our chairman Kim Jong-un his first historic visit to the Russian Federation. We must consolidate the plans of our two countries. I want to assure you that all concrete issues will be resolved positively. This is a powerful impetus in the development and strengthening of our relations, "- said the Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs of the DPRK, Kim Young Zhe

“I was pleased to accompany comrade Kim Jong-un on his state visit, and I am proud that this event was in my life,” answered Alexander Kozlov.

At a high level

In Pyongyang, Alexander Kozlov met with the Prime Minister (Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the DPRK) Kim Jae Ryong. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Yong Zhe, Deputy Foreign Minister Im Chong Il and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the DPRK Alexander Matsegora and employees of the Embassy participated in the talks.

The head of the Ministry of Eastern and Eastern Development held a protocol meeting with a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the TPK Central Committee, Deputy Chairman of the State Council of the DPRK, Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Pak Pon Zhu Party

In the course of both meetings, an exchange of views took place on trade and economic cooperation issues, which were worked out during working meetings with representatives of sectoral departments. They were attended by employees of the Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as representatives of the joint venture RasonConTrans and the CB Sputnik. In total, the Russian delegation consisted of 12 people.


In addition to working events, the Russian delegation laid flowers at the Monument of Liberation. The obelisk monument was erected on August 15, 1946 as a sign of gratitude to the Korean people and in memory of the Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of Korea from the Japanese colonialists in World War II. During the laying of flowers by the Russian delegation, a monument of honor was at the monument, and the orchestra played a military march. 

“I want to express my deep gratitude to you and sincerely thank you for remembering! A person who remembers his history has a future; people who honor the memory of their country have a great tomorrow. We have veterans in the Far East still alive who participated in the battles for your release. I will definitely tell them that their heroic deeds and heroic deeds are their fellow soldiers, who are no longer among us, are remembered in these places. Because everyone is alive, they are alive as long as they are remembered " . 

Also, a basket of flowers was laid at the monuments of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Bronze statues are located near the Museum of the Korean Revolution and are included in the whole architectural ensemble. In the side compositions depicted more than a hundred people: the military, peasants, workers, children. Everyone is looking forward, everyone is contributing to socialist construction. The statue of Kim Il Sung was installed in the last century, the bronze figure of Kim Jong Il was opened in 2012, after the death of the leader. Both statues are about 25 meters.

10 thousand landscapes

Another point of the official program was a visit to Kim Il Sung's home in the Mangunde district. As the guide said, the house is in the same condition as at the beginning of the century, and inside there are real things that the Kim Il Sung family used.

“Our president, Comrade Kim Il Sung, was born and spent his childhood in this area. The local nature is very beautiful, it is called Manngende. Where Man means 10,000, Gyong is a landscape. That is, a place where you can admire diverse landscapes From 1862 to 1959, all members of the Kim Il Sung family lived in this house, only 4 generations. His grandfather, father and uncle, brothers were born here. Our president was born in this house on April 15, 1912. "

“After the liberation of the country, his grandfather always said:“ My grandson is the leader of the country, I am a simple peasant, and only a rich harvest can help my grandson to lead a successful country policy. ”With his own hands, grandfather Comrade Kim Il Sung grew tobacco leaf and smoked a pipe. Sometimes he was offered benign cigarettes, but his grandfather always refused. "I like my samozad most of all," he answered and used only his pipes, the guide of the Russian delegation told.

"In these three vats they prepared soybean paste. One of the vats has its own history. At dawn in 1874, great-grandmother Kim Il Sung went to the market to buy a vat. She chose, chose, but could not choose, because there was not enough money. that no good vats were suitable for her. Then this unusual vat rushed into her eyes; it turned out to be such a mistake by burning out. The rejected vat was the cheapest, so the great-grandmother bought it. She said that when she bought it, others laughed over a defective purchase. "My soul was so sick, and I shed bitter tears, but a good time will come, and we will put a good one next to this vat and we will remember this sad story. "This year the vat will turn 145 years old!" - this is also a story from the guide of the Manngönde district.

In the house of Kim Il Sung they show a straw attic, where the family rested on hot days, the kitchen, which, according to the guide, remained unchanged, and a well with water. At the well, which is located outside the courtyard, lie chops made of pumpkin, and guests of the house can drink water from the old structure. According to legend, the water from the well gives strength.

Cheongbek church

Another mandatory item of the program of Russian delegations at various levels is a visit to the Cheonbek church (Holy Trinity Church). The decision to build the first Orthodox church in the DPRK was made by Kim Jong Il on August 22, 2002, during his trip to the Russian Far East, when he examined the Khabarovsk temple of St. Innocent of Irkutsk. Korean priests conduct regular services at Holy Trinity Church. Festive divine services, as a rule, are attended by most of the staff and members of their families working at the Russian Embassy. The temple is also visited by employees of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to the DPRK.

The head of the Ministry of Eastern and Eastern Development was met by the chairman Yu Young Nion and the rector of the church, Priest Theodore (Kim).


“I was amazed, in a good way, by Pyongyang. Very clean, spacious city. Wide avenues, convenient streets. Green City. I hope that this trip will have a good outcome. Very many issues were discussed in detail. I do not want to run ahead and talk about all the points that have been agreed. The theory begins to move into practice, and when the first actions begin, we will definitely tell you. For now, work hard to fulfill all the instructions given by the leaders of our countries, ”commented the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexander Kozlov.



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