Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US
In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply gap created by China halting trade. Julian Ryall reports.
Despite efforts by the United Nations to impose isolating sanctions on North Korea in response to the country's continued development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, trade between Russia and North Korea soared more than 85 percent in the first four months of the year.
Citing Russian customs data, the Voice of America broadcaster has reported that bilateral trade climbed to $31.83 million (29 million euros) in the January-March quarter, with the vast majority being energy products going over the border into the North.
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Update #1: Russia warns against ‘intimidating’ North Korea after its latest missile launch (Washington Post)
Update #2: Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after latest missile launch (CNN)
WNU Editor: After all of these years I still cannot figure out what exactly is Russia's foreign policy when it comes to North Korea. Aside from sharing a small border and some Cold War legacies .... why bust UN sanctions to just make a few bucks. But apparently .... for Moscow at this moment in time .... that is just why they are doing what they are doing.