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Russia and North Korea Craft Strongest Alliance Since Cold War

Annelise Sylta

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On June 19, 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Kim Jong Un entered into significant partnership agreement. This contract commits mutual assistance when either nation experiences aggression. It represents the firmest bond between Moscow and Pyongyang since the Cold War.

Agreement specifics

The full outline of the pact is not public but it covers various fields like security, trade, investment, culture, and humanitarian connections. Both leaders see this agreement as a fundamental increase in their relationship.

In Pyongyang’s airport, Putin and Kim met. They shared a handshake and hug before traveling together through the city in a limousine. The greeting ceremony included quite a few spectators who cheered “Welcome Putin” while waving flowers and flags.

  • The alliance offers mutual assistance in times of aggression.
  • Covers areas such as security, trade, investment, culture along with humanitarian links.
  • Considered to be the firmest link since the Cold War.

Policy Effects

This contract is happening when both Russia and North Korea are in growing disagreements with Western nations. Especially US allies are worried about an arms deal where North Korea supplies Russia with weapons for its conflict in Ukraine for money or technology transfer from Russia

During Putin’s trip Kim fully supported Russia’s war in Ukraine which he called a battle against US ‘imperialist policies’. Putin highlited oldtime ties between Russia and N.Korea that started back from Sovietsupporting N.Korea during Korean war.

  • Fears about likely arms deal between North Korea and Russia.
  • North Korea may offer weapons for economic and technical help.
  • Kim and Putin jointly opposed Western policies.

Western Response

This meeting led to warnings from Western leaders. U.K.’s Defense Secretary Grant Shapps indicated this conference is evidence of a “new tyranny axis” planning to weaken Western freedom. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed Putin’s visit demonstrates Russia’s need to build relations with nations that can help in its Ukraine war effort.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO SecretaryGeneral voiced concern about potential aid Russia might give to N.Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. He also highlighted an increasing partnership between authoritarian countries like Russia, N.Korea, China, and Iran.

Warnings by UK/US officials regarding the conference.

Potential risk that Russia might aid N.Korea in its missile/nuclear program.

Russia,North Korea, China, Iran strengthening their relationship.


Economic & Technological Collaboration

The alliance contract also covers cooperation in economics, politics, culture, humanitarian aspects, and security. As gifts Putin gave Kim a Russian made Aurus limousine, dagger of an admiral, and a tea set. In return Kim gifted a painting with Putin’s image to him.
Experts predict N.Korea would like to get economic/tech support from Russia,this includes trade development along with strengthening security across AsiaEurope continent.The pact could also include increased labor exports to Russia along with more activities for foreign currency procurement denouncing UN sanctions.

  • Pact covering collaboration within broad fields as politics,and economics
  • Kim received symbolic gifts from Putin.
  • N.Korea looking for economic and tech support from Russia.

Cooperation in Defence

The pact indicates potential defence cooperation between the countries. Putin did not deny the possibility of militarytech cooperation with N.Korea,which raised worries about advanced military tech transfer to N.Korea possibly enhancing its nuclear program.
US and South Korean officials accuse North Korea of providing Russia with military equipment for use in Ukraine. They both refuse these allegations which break several U.N. Security Council sanctions.

  • Possible Russian and N.Korean MilitaryTech Cooperation
  • Potential transfer of advanced Military Technology Worries
  • Claims that North Korea Providing Russia with Military Supplies.

Closing Remarks

The alliance of Russia and N.Korea indicates an important shift geopolitically. As both nations face increased Western isolation, their partnership solidifies implications which are far reaching possibly they might affect global security dynamics and balance of power As West keeps a keen eye on this, the pact sheds light on complicated international relationships along with peacefulness and stability maintaining trouble within a rapidly changing world.

Anne Lise is an MBA graduate with a passion for doing business research and fashion reviews. She has been with Busybodytribune for over 4 years now, and is the lead editor for the magazine.

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