Ri Pyong Du informed the MP about the 5th session of the XIV convocation of the National Defence Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, chaired by supreme leader Kim Jong-un who stressed that legislative and other institutions should strengthen their operation and their control role. The Ambassador also said that the economy in this country is growing despite the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He added that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea recovered from the natural disaster caused by the floods, as the mobilised army and civil society, after three months of hard work, repaired the damage caused by the natural disasters. The Ambassador went on to emphasise that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has opened all strategic communication lines with South Korea so as to build better relations with its neighbours, continue to defend its national interests and sovereignty, and respond to the fluctuations happening on the Korean Peninsula. The Ambassador pointed out that the formation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia sends a positive impulse for the relations between the two countries and that it has an important role in the bilateral relations between Serbia and Korea. He expressed hope that the easing of control measures instated due to the coronavirus would be followed by a continuation of cooperation and visits at various levels, and took the opportunity to thank the National Assembly and the Government of the Republic of Serbia for organising the Summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Torbica said that the two countries have never had any open issues and the decades-long friendship between the two countries has always been characterised by traditionally good relations. This is evidenced by, Torbica said, Kim Il-sung, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, being m an honorary citizen of Belgrade in 1984. The MP stated that the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was informed about the events in that country via the bulletins the embassy sends to the National Assembly, adding that establishing cooperation with the Serbian media and citizens could help the public learn more about the culture and events in Korea. Torbica thanked Korea for not recognising the so-called State of Kosovo and its admission to UNESCO. He said that Serbia knows what the struggle for sovereignty means, under the pressure of world powers and the introduction of sanctions, and that Serbia is a faithful friend to Korea on these issues. He also stressed that the Parliamentary Friendship Group would accept an invitation for a visit at the first opportunity and cooperate more closely with the embassy. He concluded that the Parliamentary Friendship Group would try to establish closer communication and cooperation to help improve bilateral relations as is expected from a traditionally good friendship.