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Putin congratulates DPRK's Kim on re-election as head of stat

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MOSCOW, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday congratulated Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on his re-election as chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the country.

"I am sure that your activities at the highest state position will continue to contribute to the development of friendly, good-neighborly relations between our countries and our peoples and to strengthening peace on the Korean Peninsula," Putin said in a congratulatory message.

Putin confirmed his readiness for joint work on "topical issues of bilateral and regional agendas" and wished Kim new successes, good health and well-being.

Kim was elected at the opening day of the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Thursday.

According to the constitution edited in 2016, the SPA is the highest organ of state power and the unicameral legislature. It consists of one deputy from each of the DPRK's 687 constituencies elected to a term of five years.

The SAC chairman is the top leader of the country.

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