Russia and North Korea Ink Deal Pledging Military Assistance

According to North Korean official media, Russia and North Korea have agreed to immediately provide military support to each other in case of a conflict, as stated in a new agreement made during a meeting in Pyongyang.

Russia and North Korea are strengthening their relationship, which was established during the conflict in Ukraine. Putin paid a state visit to Pyongyang on June 18th and 19th.  

Kim Jong Un invited Putin to North Korea Following Kim’s visit last September to Russia. 

After WWII, North Korea was established as an ally of Russia.  Following Putin’s worldwide isolation due to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the two nations became even closer allies.

The US and its allies have long maintained that North Korea supplied Russia with weaponry for the conflict in Ukraine, and the deal only served to heighten their fears that this may continue.   Putin said that Russia is open to the possibility of a military and technical partnership with North Korea in regard to the pact that was signed.

In response to the conflict in Ukraine, which has resulted in a slew of UN sanctions against Moscow, Kim referred to Putin as the best ally of Koreans and said that his nation fully supports and stands in solidarity with the Russian government.

In response, Putin expressed Moscow’s gratitude to Kim, whose nation has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 due to his illicit arms programs. He praised Kim’s constant and steady support.  Putin demanded a reevaluation of international sanctions on North Korea and said that the two nations facing heavy sanctions would not buckle to Western pressure.

Putin presented Kim with a high-end vehicle manufactured by the Russian automaker Aurus and then drove him around.

The pair also paid a visit to an Orthodox church in Pyongyang.

Between fifty thousand and seventy thousand Christians are incarcerated in harsh North Korean work camps, where they are subjected to cruel treatment, torture, and the constant threat of death. Roughly 80% of North Korea’s religious detainees are Christians.