Russia and North Korea Relations

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Russia and North Korea have declared 2015, the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II as “Friendship Year”. Since last year, Russia and North Korea have increasingly improved their ties with each other. The growing ties and relationship between the countries has got the world thinking about the intentions of their alliance. More recently, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has confirmed his visit to Russia. This will be the leader’s first visit to anywhere since taking on the position of North Korea’s leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been facing a lot of heat from the United Nations recently because of their military operations in Ukraine. North Korea was sanctioned by the…show more content…
Others say that Russia has nothing much to gain from its alliance with North Korea. Russia has been sanctioned by the United Nations and shunned by them because of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, and so this is just a ‘screw you’ policy of Russia’s against the U.S. (Jaffe). What they mean is that the Russian President’s ego is hurt and is willing to do anything to show the West and Europe that they still are able to make alliances. A former U.S. ambassador to South Korea stated “I don’t think the Russians are any more enthusiastic about the North Koreans than we are; it’s their way of putting their finger in our eye.” The fact is that no alliance comes without benefits in the political world. North Korea could offer Russia a useful trade route and also a path for an oil pipeline. Another plan by Russia is to invest $25 billion in the restoration of North Korea’s railway system, but on a condition. North Korea will have to provide to Russian investors access to its mineral resources. There also have been plans for a series of military exercises for 2015. These would be joint exercises and most likely be conducted in Russia, thus meaning that their military alliance would be benefitting too. According to reports, Russia plans to increase bilateral trade almost tenfold to $1 billion by the year 2020 (Ryall). Moreover, North Korea
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