Seoul (ANTARA News) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il expressed his gratitude to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for offering sympathy over recent flood damage in his country, the North`s media said Saturday.

Heavy rains and tropical storms pounded North Korea successively in recent months, leaving dozens of people dead, injured or missing while destroying thousands of homes and flooding large farmlands.

"I express thanks to you for sending me a message of sympathy in connection with the recent flood damage in our country," Kim told Medvedev in the message, according to the North`s Korean Central News Agency.

Kim met with Medvedev in a Siberian city last month during his first visit to Russia since 2002. Right before the summit, Russia announced plans to provide North Korea with 50,000 tons of food aid.

In a separate report, KCNA said Medvedev sent a congratulatory message to Kim over the 63rd anniversary Friday of the North`s founding.


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