According to reports from North Korean official media on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he expressed his country’s “full support and solidarity” for Moscow.
On the occasion of Russia’s national holiday, Kim conveyed his warmest wishes to the country, which is one of only a handful of countries that has cordial relations with Pyongyang.
His statement, which was released by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), did not specifically address Moscow’s involvement in a military war or the invasion of Ukraine; however, it did laud Putin for making the “correct decision and guidance… to foil the hostile forces’ escalating threats.”
In addition, it stated that the people of North Korea extend “full support and solidarity to the Russian people in their all-out struggle for implementing the sacred cause to preserve the sovereign rights, development, and interests of their country against the imperialists’ high-handed and arbitrary practices.”
Since the conflict in Ukraine began, Pyongyang has been sending messages of support to Moscow on multiple occasions. This is the most recent of those messages.
North Korea has blasted Western military assistance to Kyiv and referred to the situation as a “proxy war” being waged by the United States against Russia.
The United States of America made the accusation in January that North Korea had sent rockets and missiles to the Russian mercenary outfit known as Wagner. Pyongyang stated that this accusation was false.
And in March, Washington asserted that it possessed evidence that Moscow was looking to Pyongyang to deliver weaponry for its offensive in Ukraine in exchange for food supplies for North Korea, which is currently in a state of extreme poverty.
Russia, which is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has for a long time maintained its position against increasing pressure on North Korea, which is now subject to several sanctions imposed by both the United Nations and the West due to its nuclear weapons and missile programs.