/ 19 June 2024

A meeting of the minds

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang to rub shoulders with his old mate/hermit kingdom leader Kim Jong Un. The Kremlin describes it as a “friendly state visit” between the pair, but they’ve got plenty of business to run through… They’re tipped to sign a security pact, and reports suggest Putin might ask Kim for more weapons for Russia’s war on Ukraine. It’s the first time Putin’s been in Pyongyang for 24 years, but the leaders have been in regular contact and last met in Russia in September. Kim says they’re working together to overcome sanctions imposed on them by the US and its allies, related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs and Russia’s war in Ukraine. That’s got the US feeling iffy about their “deepening relationship”…

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