North Korea’s controversial President Kim Jong-un made a curious gesture to Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 70th Platinum Jubilee on the throne for four days.
The United Kingdom and North Korea have maintained diplomatic relations since 2000 and have their respective embassies, despite tensions between the Asian country and Western nations.
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It is for that cooperation that Kim Jong-un decided to send his congratulations to the queen on her jubilee, in a curious gesture because the leader of that nation does not usually have such comments.
“I send my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of your country’s national holiday, Her Majesty’s official jubilee,” Kim wrote in the message sent by the country’s foreign ministry last Thursday.
The president thus responded to the gesture made by Prince Charles‘ mother when, on September 9, she congratulated Kim Jong-un on the anniversary of the founding of that country, according to the official North Korean agency KCNA.
Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson were other world leaders who sent their congratulatory messages to the 96-year-old queen.