Major Opening to the World
North Korea’s reception of Russian and Chinese delegations marks its first significant engagement with the world since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defence Minister’s Visit
Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a defence exhibition featuring the North’s banned ballistic missiles. This demonstration of unity by three countries with shared rivalry with the U.S. reflects a potential revival of their Cold War-era coalition.
Strained Relations and International Support
The visit by high-ranking officials from Russia and China comes amid global concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program. While Russia formally opposes North Korea’s nuclear ambitions under UN Security Council resolutions, Shoigu’s inspection of the missiles suggests a possible shift in Moscow’s stance. The visit also signifies China’s commitment to strengthening its friendship with North Korea, further supporting the country’s defiance towards the West.