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Putin Pledges Support For North Korea Against US

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans on Tuesday to deepen trade and security ties with North Korea and support the country against the United States. This visit marks Putin’s first trip to the nuclear-armed nation in 24 years.

The U.S. and its Asian allies are closely watching Russia’s increasing support for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is the only one to have conducted nuclear tests in the 21st century. Signaling a shift in Russia’s approach, Putin praised North Korea for resisting U.S. economic pressure, blackmail, and threats.

In an article published by North Korean state media, Putin lauded “Comrade” Kim and vowed to resist “illegitimate unilateral restrictions,” aiming to boost trade and security across Eurasia. He criticized Washington for not honoring previous agreements and imposing stringent demands. His comments were featured prominently in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

“Russia has always supported and will continue to support the DPRK and the heroic Korean people against their insidious, dangerous, and aggressive enemy,” Putin stated. He noted that the Soviet Union was the first to recognize North Korea, established by Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, before the Korean War.

Putin’s visit follows U.S. accusations that North Korea has supplied Russia with ballistic missiles and munitions for use in Ukraine. Both Moscow and Pyongyang deny these claims but have committed to enhancing military ties, potentially including joint drills. This year, Russia is set to outproduce NATO in ammunition, underscoring its disruptive potential on the global stage.

Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign policy adviser, indicated that Russia and North Korea might sign a partnership agreement covering security issues. This agreement would outline future cooperation prospects.

The visit includes private discussions, a gala concert, a state reception, and document signings. The Russian delegation comprises key ministers and officials. After North Korea, Putin will visit Vietnam on June 19-20.

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