Reception Given at the DPRK Embassy in Moscow

According to the North Korean News Agency, a reception was given at the DPRK embassy in Moscow on March 14 on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between the DPRK and the Russian Federation.

Among those present on invitation were officials of the government, political parties, organs and organizations of Russia.

They included Vice Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov, a vice-minister of Far Eastern Regional Development, the chairman of the Russia-DPRK Friendship Parliamentary Group of the State Duma and those of the State Duma, Russian Federal Council, United Russia Party, Communist Party of the Russian Federation, “A Just Russia”, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Party for Peace and Unity of Russia, Ministry of Economy and Development, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Culture, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, “Russian Railways” Company, “Mostovik” Scientific-industrial Company of Russia, Institute of the Far East, Russian news agency Ria-Novosti and the Russian Association for Friendship and Cultural Cooperation with the DPRK.

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Kim Yong Jae (source: Yonhap News)

Present there were Kim Yong Jae, DPRK ambassador to Russia, and his embassy staff members.

Commentary: Kim Yong Yae (a former MOFA official) is not only a long-term ambassador to Russia. He’s also a member of the Kim family. Interestingly Kim family members who are ambassadors are staying for a long time in countries where they are accredited.

Kim Pyong Il (born in 1954-uncle par alliance to Kim Jong Eun / DPRK ambassador to Poland): In Poland since january 1998.

Kim Kwang Sop (born in 1952 – uncle par alliance to Kim Jong Eun / DPRK ambassador to Austria): In Austria since february 1993.

Kim Yong Jae (born in 1952-uncle par alliance to Kim Jong Eun / DPRK ambassador to Russia): In Poland since september 2006.

Interestingly all are born in the 50’s. They also kept their working positions in spite of the Jang Sung Thaek’s purge.

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