North Korea’s Kim shows off banned missiles to Russian minister

North Korea’s Kim shows off banned missiles to Russian minister

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited an exhibition of armed equipment to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. This visit by the Russian and Chinese delegations marks North Korea’s first major opening to the world since the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition featured North Korea’s banned ballistic missiles, which provided a backdrop for a show of solidarity among the three countries against the U.S. The Russian defense minister’s visit is the first by a Russian defense minister to North Korea since the fall of the Soviet Union.

During the visit, Shoigu presented Kim with a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin, deepening the relations between North Korea and Russia. Kim expressed his gratitude and discussed mutual concerns in safeguarding sovereignty and realizing international justice and peace. North Korea’s defense minister expressed full support for Russia’s “battle for justice” and protection of its sovereignty. Kim also met with a Chinese Communist Party Politburo member and received a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping, emphasizing the importance of the DPRK-China friendship.

The visit by the Russian defense minister raises the possibility of more open support for North Korea, especially as Russia faces isolation from the West due to its invasion of Ukraine. Analysts suggest that Russia may be more willing to openly violate sanctions against North Korea, given its lax attitude towards the country’s nuclear status. North Korea has codified its status as a nuclear-armed state, and it has threatened nuclear retaliation in response to the deployment of strategic military assets near the Korean peninsula.

The White House has acknowledged Russia’s outreach to North Korea, attributing it to Russia’s struggles in the war with Ukraine. North Korea has backed Russia in the conflict and has allegedly provided weapons support. However, both North Korea and Russia deny engaging in arms transactions.

Overall, the visit by the Russian defense minister and the Chinese delegation signifies a significant development in North Korea’s engagement with the international community. The exhibition of banned ballistic missiles highlights the solidarity among North Korea, Russia, and China against the U.S. This visit also raises questions about Russia’s potential increased support for North Korea and the implications for regional security.

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