North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory letter to Queen Elizabeth II as London kicked off Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark her 70 years on the throne.
“I extend my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of the National Day of your country, the official birthday of Your Majesty,” Kim said in a letter to the Queen.
Buckingham Palace acknowledged receiving the letter and said that the private message is ‘in line with standard practice of receiving messages from countries with whom we have diplomatic relations.’
North Korea and Britain established diplomatic relations in 2000 and have maintained their respective embassies, despite North Korea’s worsening ties with the West over its nuclear and other weapons development.
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