SEOUL: A major North Korean newspaper published a memoir on friendly relations with Russia on Sunday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the two countries' important declaration on multilateral cooperation.

The ruling North Korean Workers' Party's The Rodong Sinmun daily called the announcement a historic event in bilateral relations and that bilateral ties would be further strengthened in a way that benefits the people. People of both countries.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Russian President Vladimir Putin adopted the declaration aimed at deepening bilateral cooperation during their first visit to Pyongyang on July 19, 2000.

By Chhouk Bora