North Korea and Russia Discuss Western Imperialism and More

( – It is been more than 18 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his war against Ukraine, showing that any hope he may have had for a quick victory has long since vanished. In his search for allies, he has already had talks with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping in March. Now, he has been hosting arguably the most unstable head of state in the world, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.

A Warm Greeting

After stopping for a photo op in front of the Vostochny Cosmodrome (spaceport), the two leaders gave brief statements, and then they, and their gaggle of aides and ministers, got down to business. During his turn at the microphone, Kim vowed that his country would maintain its “full and unconditional support” in what he said is Russia’s “sacred fight against hegemonic forces.”

Kim’s comments seemed less about the war in Ukraine and more about joining his Communist cousins in what he framed as “the fight against imperialism.” Officials in the United States have said that this meeting likely concerns “actively advancing” talks between the two countries that could see North Korea supplying ammunition and other equipment to Russia for use against Ukraine defenders.

According to the state-run Russian news outlet Tass, Putin said part of the talks revolved around establishing “a very good logistics triangle” with the third leg to include China. The meeting site was not coincidental, as Putin confirmed that the Russians would help Kim realize his desire to become a spacefaring nation and put satellites into Earth’s orbit.

Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) affiliated news source chimed in with the accusation that “it is Washington and its allies” that have pushed Putin and Kim together, and it is they who will have to face any fallout “caused by their hostile strategy” that has destabilized the security situation in multiple areas of the world. They also say that the policy of sanctioning both countries may have backfired because of the possibility that the two leaders feel that neither country has anything left to put more sanctions on.

To start the day, while Kim was traveling in his bulletproof train toward the cosmodrome, Pyongyang launched two ballistic missiles into the sea off of the country’s eastern coast. To cap it off, he extended an invitation to Putin for a reciprocal visit, which the Russian president accepted.

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