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Queen sends message to Kim Jong-un as she reaches out to North Korea dictator

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The Queen has bizarrely sent a message to North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un regarding the country’s National Day.

Her Royal Highness's message only came to light after the country issued a press release on behalf of Kim Jong-un after he was seemingly pleased to be sent the monarch's best wishes.

The Royal Family and world leaders often send out letters to other countries to congratulate or wish them well.

In the release, it read: “Kim Jong Un, president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), received greetings from Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on September 7.”

The Queen’s message read: “As the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea celebrate their National Day, I send my good wishes for the future.”

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed a letter was sent to Kim Jong-un by the foreign and commonwealth on behalf of the Queen.

National Day is celebrated by North Koreans on September 9 and is classed as the country’s birthday, when it was officially formed in 1948.

It is one of North Korea’s most important dates and is celebrated nationwide.

The day is formally known as the Day of the Foundation of the Republic and is celebrated by visits to statues of Kim Il-sung – the grandfather of Kim Jong-un – and his mausoleum, as well as fireworks, mass folk dances and games.

In the past, the games has had 100,000 performers of synchronised dancing and gymnastics all celebrating North Korea’s history.

The celebrations come as defectors of the country look to sue Kim Jong-un after claiming he promised them ‘paradise’.

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A Japanese judge made the landmark filling and has demanded Kim Jong-un come to court.

The lawsuit is from a number of Koreans now living in Japan, who say they found themselves trapped in the country for 43 years.

The hearing is set for October 14 but it is unlikely Kim Jong-un will attend.

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