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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un congratulates Queen on Platinum Jubilee

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said that Mr Kim sent a letter congratulating the Queen and the British people.

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Kim Jong Un has congratulated the Queen (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim Jong Un has congratulated the Queen (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim Jong Un has congratulated the Queen (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a letter congratulating the Queen as the UK began a four-day celebration marking her 70 years on the throne.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on its website that Mr Kim sent a letter congratulating the Queen and the British people.

North Korea and Britain established diplomatic relations in 2000 and have maintained embassies in each other’s capitals despite a steady decline in bilateral ties.

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The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years (Jonathan Brady/PA)

North Korea’s relations with the West have worsened in recent years as it accelerated its nuclear weapons and missile development in a push to acquire an arsenal that could threaten the United States and its allies in Asia.

North Korea has criticised Britain in recent years for supporting international sanctions against the country over its nuclear ambitions and human rights record, and for participating in a new US-led alliance to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

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