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North Korea Signals Closer Ties with Russia as Putin Considers Visit Amid Escalating Tensions with the U.S.

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In a recent report by PBS, North Korea has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to visiting the country soon, reinforcing their alliance amidst growing confrontations with the United States. The potential visit follows meetings between North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, Putin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Both nations aim for enhanced strategic cooperation to establish a “new multi-polarized international order,” signaling a united front against Washington. The alignment raises concerns about alleged arms cooperation and poses challenges for Nikki Haley’s campaign in New Hampshire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2024. Sputnik/Artem Geodakyan/Pool via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Putin’s Intent and Kim’s Diplomatic Maneuvers

Putin expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang during Choe’s recent meetings in Moscow, deepening ties between North Korea and Russia. Kim Jong Un actively seeks support from Russia amid a nuclear standoff with the U.S., using diplomatic maneuvers to break isolation.

Tensions rise as North Korea condemns the U.N. Security Council for an emergency meeting on its recent ballistic test. The test, described as a new intermediate-range missile with a hypersonic warhead, faces criticism, with South Korea urging the Security Council to address North Korea’s escalating missile activities.

Amidst accusations of arms cooperation, North Korea and Russia deny allegations of arms transfers. The North’s Foreign Ministry emphasizes strong will for strategic cooperation, expressing concern over U.S. military cooperation with Asian allies impacting regional tensions.

READ ALSO: Russia Rejects U.S. Proposal For Nuclear Arms Control Talks Amid Tensions

Escalating Korean Peninsula Tensions

Tensions peak on the Korean Peninsula as Kim utilizes Russia’s conflict in Ukraine as a distraction for increased weapons tests. The U.S., South Korea, and Japan respond with joint military exercises, escalating deterrence plans amid North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

North Korea conducts a purported nuclear-capable underwater attack drone test in response to a combined naval exercise by the U.S., South Korea, and Japan. The tit-for-tat actions heighten regional tensions, showcasing the delicate geopolitical landscape.

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