N. Korean leader's absence from WWII ceremonies in Moscow not to affect work of bilateral commission

The fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be unable to attend World War II commemorations in Moscow on May 9 will not affect the functioning of the Russia-North Korea intergovernmental commission, a spokesman for Russia's Far East Development Ministry told Interfax.

The fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be unable to attend World War II commemorations in Moscow on May 9 will not affect the functioning of the Russia-North Korea intergovernmental commission, a spokesman for Russia's Far East Development Ministry told Interfax.

"The Far East Development Ministry is convinced that the absence of confirmation of this visit will in no way affect the implementation of the agreements reached earlier by the intergovernmental commission," the spokesman said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be unable to visit Moscow on May 9 to join celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory in WWII due to "internal Korean affairs".

The seventh session of the Russia-North Korea intergovernmental commission was held in Pyongyang on April 27. A protocol on cooperation was signed there.

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