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Kim Jong Un meets with Putin in North Korea, vows 'full support' for Ukraine war

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  42 comments

By:    Stella Kim and Mithil Aggarwal

Kim Jong Un meets with Putin in North Korea, vows 'full support' for Ukraine war
Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Wednesday, seeking support for his war in Ukraine.

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SEOUL, South Korea — The streets of the North Korean capital were lined Wednesday with cheering crowds, mounted soldiers and grand portraits — not for Kim Jong Un, but for his guest and growing ally, Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president is meeting with the North Korean leader in a rare visit to the reclusive state, as he seeks ammunition for his war in Ukraine and vows to back the nuclear-armed regime against the United States.

U.S. officials previously told NBC News that they expect the pair to solidify a new deal to expand transfers of military technology to Pyongyang in exchange for supplies of munitions that Moscow's military badly needs on the battlefield.

Putin's visit, his first to North Korea in 24 years, comes as the Kremlin's forces push for breakthroughs in Ukraine's east and north while Kyiv's defenses have been bolstered by new commitments from its own allies.

Kim, meanwhile, has intensified his nuclear testing and threats, stoking tensions with U.S. ally South Korea and raising alarm about the extent of his ambitions.

Putin arrived at midday for a welcome ceremony at central Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, which is named after Kim's grandfather and North Korea's founder.

Standing before a large crowd of cheering civilians, the two leaders greeted officials on a red carpet outside the city's central library, from which two giant portraits of them stared down. Military bands played the two countries' national anthems, and children waved balloons and the Russian and North Korean flags.

Kim and Putin then left for summit talks at the Kumsusan Palace.

"We highly appreciate your consistent and unwavering support for Russian policy, including on Ukraine," Putin said in opening remarks before the start of the talks, according to Russian state media.

He also said Russia was fighting "the imperialist policy the United States and its satellites imposed for decades against Russia."

Kim said Russia-North Korea relations were "entering a new period of high prosperity," and pledged "full support" for Russia's war in Ukraine, Russian state media reported.

Earlier, Kim was at Pyongyang International Airport to greet Putin upon his arrival in the early hours of Wednesday, shaking his hand and embracing him, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. He then accompanied Putin in his limousine to the Kumsusan State Guest House where the Russian leader would be staying.

The agency said the two leaders "exchanged their pent-up inmost thoughts" during the ride and that their meeting demonstrated the "invincibility and durability" of Russia-North Korea ties.

Putin last visited Pyongyang in 2000 to improve ties with Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, while the current North Korean leader's visit to Russia's far east last year offered signs of the deepening relationship.

In a letter published in North Korean state media on Tuesday ahead of the trip, Putin said he appreciated the country's support for the war in Ukraine and vowed to support Pyongyang against U.S. "economic pressure, provocation, blackmail and military threats."

The highlight of the visit is expected to be a new strategic agreement that could deepen military and economic cooperation between the two regimes as they look to bypass the slew of global sanctions against them. On Wednesday, Putin called it a "fundamental document" that will "create the basis of our relations long term."

The leaders' itinerary also includes individual speeches, a tea party and a "ceremonial concert" to be held at a sports complex, Putin's foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said Monday, according to Russian state media.

The strategic agreement could "lay the groundwork for arms trade and also facilitate their anti-U.S. and anti-West coalition," said Lami Kim, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu.

Officials in the West are concerned about weapons and intelligence sharing that could both help Putin's army in Ukraine, and threaten the U.S. and its allies in Asia.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that Russia was trying "in desperation, to develop and to strengthen relations with countries that can provide it with what it needs to continue the war of aggression that it started against Ukraine."

He said North Korea had been providing Russia with "significant munitions" as well as other weapons for use in Ukraine.

U.S. intelligence officials believe Putin is providing North Korea with nuclear submarine and ballistic missile technology in exchange, six senior U.S. officials have told NBC News. The Biden administration, they said, is concerned that Russia might help North Korea complete the final steps needed to field its first submarine capable of launching a nuclear-armed missile.

Both North Korea and Russia have denied any transfer of arms, which would be in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions that Russia has supported in the past.

Russia ended the monitoring of U.N. sanctions against North Korea with a veto in the Security Council earlier this year that drew accusations that Moscow was avoiding scrutiny and joining China in shielding Kim from consequences for his weapons tests.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that any cooperation must not violate the existing resolutions and "undermine regional peace and stability."

Pyongyang may also get access to much-needed oil and natural resources for its decimated economy and missile program.

"Their cooperation will further undermine the effectiveness of sanctions," Kim, the professor in Honolulu, said.

It's also a personal win for the North Korean leader, she said, as "being seen with a world leader like Putin would also be a huge win" for domestic propaganda efforts to elevate him to the cult-like status that his father and grandfather enjoyed.

"There's economic gains and reputational gains," she said.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years, as Kim accelerates weapons testing and the U.S., South Korea and Japan intensify joint military drills that the North views as a rehearsal for invasion. Last year Kim cast aside the goal of unifying with the South, raising concerns that he may be preparing for an all-out attack on the U.S. ally.

The rival neighbors have stepped up psychological warfare, exchanging waste-filled balloons and music on loudspeakers. South Korean troops fired warning shots Tuesday after North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the heavily fortified border, apparently in error.

The two remain technically at war after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

After leaving North Korea on Wednesday, Putin is expected to visit Vietnam, which upgraded its relationship with the U.S. during a visit by President Joe Biden last year.

The U.S. rebuked Vietnam over the visit, with a State Department spokesperson telling NBC News: "No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and otherwise allow him to normalize his atrocities."


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devangelical
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1  devangelical    4 weeks ago

2 dictators that have effectively eliminated their middle class problems.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  devangelical @1    3 weeks ago
2 dictators that have effectively eliminated their middle class problems.

And idolized by a certain former POTUS.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Participates
2  Greg Jones    4 weeks ago

2 regimes that have been aided, abetted, and emboldened by Biden and his terrible foreign policy, or lack of one.

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
2.1  evilone  replied to  Greg Jones @2    4 weeks ago

2 regimes that lead MAGA populists around by the nose with their online propaganda campaigns.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
2.2  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @2    4 weeks ago

2 regimes that are close partners and allies of America's wanna-be dictator, Trump.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.3  MrFrost  replied to  Greg Jones @2    3 weeks ago
2 regimes that have been aided, abetted, and emboldened by Biden and his terrible foreign policy, or lack of one.

WOW.. LOL Yea, remember all the times Biden has fought congress to give Russia more weapons? Are you serious? LMFAO! 

 
 
 
Hallux
PhD Principal
3  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Let's get to the real questions ... did Kim dump Trump for Putin or did Putin dump Trump for Kim? Just whose bitch will Trump be?

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Hallux @3    3 weeks ago

It's a menage a trois and they both get to use Trump as their bitch.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
3.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Gsquared @3.1    3 weeks ago

Is that meant to be a homophobic comment?

 
 
 
Hallux
PhD Principal
3.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Is that how you meant to read it?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    3 weeks ago
Is that how you meant to read it?

I asked for a clarification.  How did you read it, two men using another as their bitch?

 
 
 
Hallux
PhD Principal
3.1.4  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.3    3 weeks ago

Without the innuendo.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

No innuendo, two men making another man their bitch, isn't misogynistic nor as a term of endearment.  It seems to me to indicate a ‘bottom’ in a homosexual context and was used as a slur here.  Maybe Gsquared will clarify.

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
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3.1.6  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.5    3 weeks ago
making another man their bitch

No one is 'making' Trump be their bitch, besides Trump, and his ever-apparent admiration for strong authoritarian figures who invoke fear and respect from those ruled over, via threats backed by exampled brutality. Lil' Kym and precious Putin slide it in without lube, or on fire like that doob, cause a KGB mind fck and a tele tubby militant stupid FCK, are quite the Firemen, cause of the hose, and the bitches reel, appear more than the art of the squeal might possibly be able to deal, with !

Perhaps since we are allegedly all adults hear, and the new US norm is not to get too worked up over PC, for if half the damn country is accepting of PC , AS IN Pussy Cat GRABBIN, by the potUS, while BS in the world, I know longer care who rapes the raper, pussy grabbin, bull shit spewin back stabbin, BITCH, that Trump pretends not to be, butt, if there is justice, Don will be on all fours,  n be made many a mans whore, for braggin bout grabbin pussys galore, an sexually assaultin many more, for only a mere 90 some million or so, 

SO

go Trump GO       2 HELL, cause so many truly GREAT MEN AND WOMEN, truly did sacrifice SO MUCH, to have you spit and shit upon what they worked so hard to achieve.....

and in Trump, we do believe, he be worthy of his BITCH Title belt , asz he is hard up felt, to be the extra holes on the back 9, where i doubt there ever actully was a spine

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.7  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Igknorantzruls @3.1.6    3 weeks ago
No one is 'making' Trump be their bitch, 

Perhaps you meant this for Gsquarred 3.1

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
Freshman Quiet
3.1.8  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.7    3 weeks ago
meant this for

any and all, as pertaining to the one, with hands so small.

And was not a tempting to single you, or any out, just felt like venting some Trump Hate, as it will truly be a pleasure to not have that POS dominateour conversations and , as that day cannot get here soon enuff, i will on occasion, attempt to express my concerns and feelings about 45, till no longer either he, or i, be alive

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.1.9  Gsquared  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
Is that meant to be a homophobic comment?

Nope. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3.1.10  Gsquared  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.5    3 weeks ago
a term of endearment

Well, Trump is such an endearing fellow.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.11  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Igknorantzruls @3.1.8    3 weeks ago

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Igknorantzruls
Freshman Quiet
3.1.13  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.11    3 weeks ago

i'll pass it on the shoulder, 34 D...?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1.15  Texan1211  replied to    3 weeks ago

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Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.16  Drinker of the Wry  replied to    3 weeks ago

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Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.1.17  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.16    3 weeks ago

removed for context

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.18  Tessylo  replied to  Igknorantzruls @3.1.6    3 weeks ago

Awesome Iggy, as usual

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3.1.20  Gsquared  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.16    3 weeks ago

It's not homophonic either.  Why did you introduce music theory into this discussion?

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3.1.22  Gsquared  replied to    3 weeks ago

You're projecting your own dislike or prejudice onto my comment.  That's all on you.  Really pathetic.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
3.1.28  Drinker of the Wry  replied to    3 weeks ago

It's exactly as I stated.  You are projecting your phobia onto my comment.  Sad.

You could clear this up by stating exactly what you meant in 3.1, you have been dodging since.
 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
4  CB    3 weeks ago

Without any sexual innuendo anywhere on the peripheral, I will point out that Donald's 'love letters' from Kim have soured. Because this new NK-Russia relationship simply can't be allowed to drag the U.S. into its political quagmire.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @4    3 weeks ago

As many can attest to, we are already engaged with Russia through Ukraine.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
4.1.1  CB  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1    3 weeks ago

The relationship with Donald and Kim just got a little 'frosty' by definition. After all, Putin got the 'laurel wreath' treatment and signed some essential official with Kim J. Un. Donald was stuck in the Demilitarized Zone and with over-sized now stale letter memorabilia (to keep his cold heart warm against the wintry chills).

Sorry Donald! You got put out of the loop too long. . .and now, Kim is seeing other people.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  CB @4.1.1    3 weeks ago
The relationship with Donald and Kim just got a little 'frosty' by definition. After all, Putin got the 'laurel wreath' treatment and signed some essential official with Kim J. Un. Donald was stuck in the Demilitarized Zone and with over-sized now stale letter memorabilia (to keep his cold heart warm against the wintry chills). Sorry Donald! You got put out of the loop too long. . .and now, Kim is seeing other people.

You should write Donald.

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
Freshman Quiet
4.1.3  Igknorantzruls  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1.2    3 weeks ago
You should write Donald.

sounds like an admission to Trump being wrong...

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  Igknorantzruls @4.1.3    3 weeks ago
sounds like an admission to Trump being wrong...

Admission?
WTF?

 
 

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