PYONGYANG Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea (Xinhua) -- The Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has said it wants to continue
to maintain close ties with South Africa and Kenya, two African
nations Pyongyang has enjoyed good relations with.
Minister Ri Yong Ho on Thursday sent a congratulatory message to
Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu upon her appointment as minister of
International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South
Africa, said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“The message wished
Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu big success in her efforts for the
development of the external relations of the country, expressing
the belief that the traditional bilateral ties of friendship and
cooperation would further expand and develop this year, which
falls on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of
the diplomatic relations between the two countries,” said the
The DPRK and South
Africa established diplomatic relations after the latter was
freed from its apartheid regime in the late 1990s.
Former DPRK leader
Kim Il Sung had good personal relations with late South African
leader Nelson Mandela and Pyongyang supported the country’s
struggle against white supremacist rule.
Ri on Thursday also
sent a congratulatory message to Monica Juma upon her
appointment as minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade of Kenya. The message wished the Kenyan foreign minister
success in her work for developing the country’s foreign
relations, said the KCNA.
The DPRK backed
Africa’s independence movement in the 1960s and was a stout
supporter of the non-aligned movement.
In a commentary
Friday, the official Rodong Sinmun said only when non-aligned
and developing countries build their own strength and intensify
South-South cooperation, can they defend political independence
and achieve self-sustenance in economy.
“The DPRK has
closely cooperated with non-aligned and developing countries in
the struggle for independence, peace and international justice
against imperialism,” it said.