Thanks Joe Biden! Russia and North Korea Now Nuclear Allies! Putin Visits!

Written by Nathaniel Parker.

In a rare visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea early Wednesday, as reported by Russian news agencies. He was welcomed at Pyongyang’s airport by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This trip marks Putin’s first visit to North Korea in 24 years and comes at a time when both nations seek to strengthen their alliance against U.S.-led sanctions amidst escalating tensions with Washington.

Putin expressed appreciation for North Korea’s firm support of his military actions in Ukraine. He noted that both countries would continue to oppose what he described as Western efforts to prevent the establishment of a multipolar world order based on justice and mutual respect for sovereignty. The visit underscores a significant geopolitical alignment between Russia and North Korea.

Strategic and Economic Cooperation

Amid concerns about an arms deal where North Korea supplies Russia with munitions in exchange for economic aid and technology transfers, Pyongyang’s streets were adorned with portraits of Putin and Russian flags. A banner welcoming the Russian president highlighted the event’s significance.

Putin announced plans to develop trade and payment systems with North Korea that bypass Western control, jointly opposing what he called “illegal, unilateral restrictions.” North Korea faces heavy U.N. sanctions due to its nuclear weapons and missile programs, while Russia contends with sanctions from the U.S. and its allies over its actions in Ukraine. This collaboration aims to mitigate the impact of these sanctions on both nations.

Before his visit to North Korea, Putin traveled to Yakutsk in eastern Russia. There, he met with regional officials, received briefings on technology and defense projects, and interacted with young professionals. Accompanying Putin were several top officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, Defense Minister Andrei Belousov, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov, numerous documents, possibly including a strategic partnership agreement, would be signed during the visit.

Military and Technological Exchanges

Military, economic, and other exchanges between North Korea and Russia have significantly increased since Kim and Putin met in September in the Russian Far East. U.S. and South Korean officials claim North Korea provides Russia with artillery, missiles, and other military equipment for use in Ukraine, potentially in return for advanced military technologies and aid. Both Pyongyang and Moscow deny these allegations, which would violate multiple U.N. sanctions that Russia previously endorsed.

Russia, alongside China, has provided political support for North Korea’s ongoing efforts to enhance its nuclear arsenal, frequently blocking U.S.-led initiatives to impose new U.N. sanctions in response to North Korean weapons tests. In March, a Russian veto at the U.N. ended monitoring of sanctions against North Korea, leading to accusations from the West that Moscow aims to avoid scrutiny while acquiring weapons from Pyongyang.

Earlier this year, Putin sent Kim a high-end Aurus Senat limousine, which he had shown to the North Korean leader during their September meeting. This shipment reportedly violated a U.N. resolution banning luxury items to North Korea. John Kirby, spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, expressed concern about the deepening Russia-North Korea relationship, noting its potential impacts on Ukraine and regional security.

Our Take

The growing alliance between Russia and North Korea is a troubling development. Putin’s willingness to forge closer ties with a regime known for its oppressive policies and nuclear ambitions highlights a dangerous geopolitical shift. This partnership not only undermines international efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program but also poses significant threats to global security. The collaboration between these nations, particularly in the military and technological domains, could lead to more instability and conflict. It is imperative for the international community to remain vigilant and continue to pressure both countries to adhere to global norms and sanctions. The actions of leaders like Putin and Kim Jong Un must be scrutinized to prevent further erosion of peace and stability worldwide.

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