Medvedev Touts Ties With North Korea

President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il on the 60th anniversary of the creation of his country, saying close ties between the two nations had benefited both.

"On Sept. 9, 1948, a new sovereign state was born on Korean territory, intimately tied to our country geographically and historically,'' Medvedev wrote in a letter posted on the Kremlin's web site Tuesday. "For decades since that remarkable day, we have built up an extremely positive experience of cooperation and realized a multitude of joint projects to the benefit of our peoples."

Kim hasn't been seen in a month and was reported to have collapsed because of ill health in August.