Putin needs to see nearer cooperation with Kim

In a letter to the nation’s dictator Kim Jong-Un, Putin writes that the 2 ought to work to “expand comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations through joint efforts.”

The letter was despatched simply in time for National Freedom Day, a vacation celebrated in each North and South Korea on August 15.

Kim responds in a separate letter that the 2 international locations have ties of friendship courting again to defeating Japan in World War II, and that “tactical and strategic cooperation, support and solidarity” have since reached a brand new degree.

Kim additionally believes that the skill to counter threats and provocations from “hostile military powers” is one thing that binds them collectively.

In July of this yr, North Korea formally acknowledged the 2 so-called folks’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine, which have been proclaimed by Russian-backed separatists with shut ties to Moscow in reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

The recognition prompted Ukraine to instantly reduce diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

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