Putin Signs Major New Defense Pact With North Korea

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In Pyongyang on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, and the two despots inked a mutual defense pact.

Putin visited North Korea for the first time in 24 years, and the Russian president was welcomed with fanfare and large gatherings of North Koreans singing his name.

The Russian president referred to South Korea and Japan as “hostile to North Korea” and described U.S. diplomacy with Kim as confrontational.

Officials from the Biden administration are worried that closer relations between Russia and North Korea could strengthen Kim’s nuclear arsenal and provide Putin’s soldiers with more weaponry for their ongoing offensive against Ukraine.

The Russia-North Korea security contract appears to be the strongest between the two nations since 1961, when the old Soviet Union pledged to support North Korea in the event of an attack, even though specifics of the new deal are still unknown.

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