Kim Jong-un sends Queen a letter congratulating her on her platinum anniversary

Kim Jong-un sends Queen a letter congratulating her on her platinum anniversary

The North Korean leader’s letter was confirmed to have been sent today (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Kim Jong-Un has sent a letter to congratulate the Queen on her 70th jubilee.

The North Korean leader is the youngest, and perhaps the most unexpected, world leader to celebrate platinum today.

The exact content of his letter has not yet been disclosed.

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

It comes at a time when tensions between North Korea and the West continue to rise as the country’s nuclear testing cycle has increased.

Just last week, Mr Kim’s regime launched three missiles at sea.

The tests came just hours after Joe Biden left Asia, where he vowed to step up measures to deter the nuclear-armed state.

It was the nation’s 17th round of weapons testing that year.

A police cordon leads members of the public up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in central London as the Queen celebrates her official birthday on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Thousands watched in London today to mark the start of the anniversary celebrations (Image: PA)

A man walks past a television broadcasting a news report on North Korea's launch of three missiles, including one believed to be an ICBM, in Seoul, South Korea May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Mr Kim’s letter comes amid rising tensions between the West and North Korea (Image: Reuters)

Mr Kim has previously vowed to reinforce his nuclear forces at “maximum speed”.

Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have largely stalled since 2019 over disagreements over easing sanctions in exchange for disarmament.

But the relationship between Britain and North Korea is very different.

North Korea has an embassy in London and the United Kingdom has an embassy in Pyongyang, which opened in 2003 and 2001 respectively.

Diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 2000.

But in recent years, Mr Kim has criticized Britain for backing international sanctions against the country over its nuclear ambitions and human rights record.

He has also lashed out at Britain for participating in a new US-led alliance to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines.

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

The celebrations, which will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, will mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne.

There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family. Kim Jong-un sends Queen a letter congratulating her on her platinum anniversary

Justin Scacco

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