Kim Jong-un seeks to strengthen strategic cooperation with Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to “hold hands” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and strengthen strategic cooperation in the interest of a common goal: to build a powerful country.

Source: Reuters, citing North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Kim pledged to do so in a message to Putin on Russia Day, justifying his decision to invade Ukraine and showing “full support and solidarity”.

Quote: “Justice is sure to win, and the Russian people will continue to add glory to the victory story,” Kim said in a statement released by KCNA.

Details: He called for “closer strategic cooperation” with Moscow, “firmly holding hands with the Russian president, in accordance with the common desire of the peoples of the two countries to achieve the great goal of building a powerful country.”

North Korea has sought closer ties with the Kremlin and backed Moscow after it invaded Ukraine last year, blaming it for the ‘hegemonic policies’ and ‘authoritarianism’ of the US and the EU. West.

Background: On May 31, the DPRK attempted to launch a device that Pyongyang calls a military intelligence satellite. The launch failed, with the satellite falling into the Yellow Sea.

Although Pyongyang has announced plans to repeat the launch as soon as possible, experts believe it will take the DPRK months to sort out technical flaws that surfaced during the launch.

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