Kim Jong Un Decorates Partitions With Enormous Portraits of Putin

Pictures posted Friday by North Korean state media present that the nation’s chief, Kim Jong Un, had giant portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin put in all through an official constructing.

The portraits may be seen in pictures of Kim with Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu, who’s visiting Pyongyang this week to rejoice the seventieth anniversary of the top of the Korean Conflict, which known as “Victory Day” in North Korea.

Max Seddon, the Moscow bureau chief for the Monetary Occasions, famous the presence of the portraits—that are seen in a number of rooms of the constructing—and created a slideshow that he posted on Twitter.

Although Putin did not accompany Shoigu to Pyongyang, he despatched a letter to Kim that was revealed by the Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) on Friday.

Within the letter, Putin praised the North Korean authorities’s agency help for Russia within the warfare he launched towards Ukraine on February 24, 2022. He additionally stated the nation’s “solidarity with Russia on key worldwide points spotlight our frequent pursuits…”

Although Putin’s message did not supply specifics about what he meant concerning Kim’s help for the warfare, the USA final yr accused North Korea of promoting Russia artillery shells and rockets. In a press release to KCNA, North Korea’s overseas ministry known as claims that it equipped munitions to Russia groundless.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (proper) welcomes North Korean chief Kim Jong Un previous to their talks on the Far Jap Federal College campus on Russky island within the far japanese Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Pictures posted July 28, 2023, by North Korean state media present that Kim had giant portraits of Putin put in all through an official constructing.
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Newsweek reached out to the Russian and North Korean overseas ministries by electronic mail for remark.

Previous to Shoigu’s arrival in Pyongyang, Russia’s protection ministry stated in a press release that his journey will assist strengthen Russian-North Korean army ties. The go to has garnered worldwide consideration, together with for Kim displaying him a protection exhibition that allegedly included banned ballistic missiles.

Reuters on Thursday reported that Shoigu noticed nuclear-capable missiles which might be banned underneath United Nations Safety Council resolutions, in addition to what gave the impression to be a brand new drone. Newsweek has not been in a position to independently confirm the report.

NK Information, an impartial English-language outlet that covers North Korea, reported that the protection exhibition featured North Korea’s largest nuclear missiles just like the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the Hwasong-18 solid-fuel ICBM.

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow within the Nuclear Coverage Program on the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace, beforehand informed Newsweek that in a distinct time, Russia supported the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“That seems to have given approach to courting Pyongyang as a strategic associate,” he stated. “Kim Jong Un’s help for Russia in its unlawful warfare on Ukraine seems to have paid dividends.”