Russia increases humanitarian assistance to DPRK: minister

09:23, April 13, 2011      

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Russia has increased its humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the request of the DPRK and will continue offering such assistance, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said on Tuesday.

Borodavkin made his remarks during a reception in the DPRK's embassy in Moscow marking the 99th anniversary of DPRK late leader Kim Il Sung.

"Russia has already increased the volume of food aid for the DPRK within the framework of the World Food Program, and is ready to further provide humanitarian aid on a bilateral basis," Borodavkin said, adding that total volume of Russia's aid to the DPRK is worth up to 5 million U.S. dollars.

The diplomat also said that Moscow has been concerned over the tension on the Korean Peninsula and called for the reviving of dialogues between Pyongyang and Seoul and the resumption of the six-party talks.

"We hope that Russia-DPRK agreements reached this March in Pyongyang would pave the way for the resumption of the six-party talks over the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue," Borodavkin said.

Borodavkin added that both Russia and the DPRK have made joint efforts based on equality and mutual respect to promote bilateral political dialogue and cooperation in various areas.

In March, Borodavkin arrived in Pyongyang and held talks with senior DPRK officials. During their talks, the two sides exchanged opinions on bilateral relations, the situation in the area and resumption of the six-party talks.

Source: Xinhua
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