LPope Francis, Emmanuel Macron… The powerful of this world sent their wishes to the sovereign at the launch of the long bank holiday weekend of the Platinum Jubilee. On Friday June 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in turn congratulated Queen Elizabeth II for her seventy years of reign, the Foreign Ministry announced in Pyongyang. “I extend my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of your country’s national day, Your Majesty’s official birthday,” Kim Jong-un wrote in his message to the Queen.
London and Pyongyang established diplomatic ties in 2000. The two countries have maintained their respective embassies, despite the deterioration of relations between North Korea and Western countries in recent years due to Pyongyang’s weapons program.
The Queen behind previous congratulations
The British Embassy in Pyongyang is however currently closed, due to draconian entry and exit restrictions imposed by North Korea during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last year, the official KCNA agency reported that Queen Elizabeth II congratulated Kim Jong-un on the anniversary of the founding of North Korea on September 9.