Russia sends condolences on death of Kim Jong-Il

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Russia on Monday sent condolences on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who visited Siberia in the summer in a rare trip to one of the Stalinist's state's few allies.

"The telegramme will officially be posted on the Kremlin's website," a Kremlin spokesman told AFP.

Russian news agencies reported that Medvedev had sent the telegramme to Kim's youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Un without providing further details.

Medvedev on Monday also sent a telegramme to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to wish him a happy 70th birthday, saying he valued his "contribution to strengthening Russian and Korean ties," the Interfax news agency reported.

Medvedev met Kim in August when the reclusive leader took a trip deep into eastern Siberia on his personal armoured train to hold rare talks on a number of joint economic projects.

Kim had last travelled to Russia, which shares a land border with North Korea, in 2002 when he met then-president Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

© 2011 AFP

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