December 26, 2013

Even Russia Is Frustrated with N. Korea

Stephen Blank, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

Kim Jong Un’s recent brutal purge of his uncle Jang Song Thaek and other senior officials was apparently connected to high-level discord over North Korean relations with China. As a result we may well see a spike in bilateral tensions between Pyongyang and Beijing. But China is not an isolated case. Observers have largely failed to notice that North Korea had managed even before the purge to alienate Russia and that trend apparently has no connection to the DPRK’s domestic policies.

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TAGGED: Russia, North Korea, Vladimir Putin


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