North Korea and Russia forge strategic alliance: A new global order?

he strategic agreement between North Korea and Russia represents a huge geopolitical shift, undermining Western supremacy and promoting a multipolar world.

Putin and Kim
This is Vladimir Putin's first trip to North Korea since July 2000, soon after he first came to power in Russia. Photo Credit: Yonhap/picture alliance

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Kim Jong-un have met to finally put a seal on the powerful alliance talks that has been ongoing between the two presidents. The strategic agreement between North Korea and Russia represents a huge geopolitical shift, undermining Western supremacy and promoting a multipolar world. Will this coalition change global power dynamics?

The arguments
As alliances strengthen, global security dynamics shift, necessitating the creation of collective security frameworks that cross regional lines. And Putin’s visit emphasises the interconnectivity of global security, which necessitates coordinated responses to rising threats.

In terms of strategic alignment, Kim Jong-un and Putin see the cooperation as critical in a quickly changing global scene, strengthening their respective geopolitical positions.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described Putin’s visit is as part of a broader pattern of alignment between authoritarian regimes, necessitating a global approach to security.

Also, Russia’s approach to North Korea in the face of international sanctions reveals a strategy for asserting influence and countering Western supremacy. This is especially true given that the visit comes at a time when tensions between North and South Korea are high, adding to the regional complexity.

The facts

The Kremlin leader landed to Pyongyang’s airport in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 19. His first visit since 2000, when he first took office.

As both leaders have indicated, the comprehensive strategic cooperation involves reciprocal assistance in the face of geopolitical complications.

North Korea declared complete solidarity with Russia’s activities in Ukraine, and Russia replied by praising North Korea’s unflinching support.

Putin’s visit is an important diplomatic step that emphasises closer ties and strategic cooperation.

North Korean propaganda portrays the visit as essential in establishing a multipolar world order. According to a DW report, the North Korean state media source KCNA described the talk in English as the two leaders being able to convey their “pent-up innermost thoughts” and agreeing to expand relations.

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