Kim Jong Un’s recent visit to Russia and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin was a watershed moment in international relations. The two leaders, both facing increasing isolation from the West, vowed to strengthen their alliance and support each other in the face of what they see as a common enemy: the United States.
Kim’s visit to Russia was also significant because it raised the possibility of increased cooperation between the two countries in the military sphere. This is a worrying development for the international community, as both North Korea and Russia are nuclear-armed powers.
The possibility of North Korea providing Russia with advanced weapons technology
One of the most concerning possibilities is that North Korea could provide Russia with advanced weapons technology, such as ballistic missiles or nuclear warheads. This would give Russia a significant boost in its military capabilities, and it would also make it more difficult for the international community to contain the war in Ukraine.
North Korea has a long history of developing and testing ballistic missiles, and it is believed to have a small stockpile of nuclear weapons. The country has also been accused of selling missile technology to other countries, including Iran and Syria.
If North Korea were to provide Russia with advanced weapons technology, it would be a major escalation of the war in Ukraine. It would also send a clear message to the international community that North Korea is not afraid to play a more active role in global affairs.
The possibility of Russia providing North Korea with financial assistance
Another possibility is that Russia could provide North Korea with financial assistance. This would help North Korea to overcome its economic problems and to continue developing its nuclear and missile programs.
Russia is facing its own economic challenges as a result of Western sanctions, but it still has a significant amount of resources. If Russia were to provide North Korea with financial assistance, it would allow North Korea to continue its provocations and to pose a greater threat to the international community.
Impact of increased cooperation between North Korea and Russia on the global nuclear non-proliferation regime
Increased cooperation between North Korea and Russia would have a negative impact on the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. Both countries are already violating international law by developing and testing nuclear weapons. If they were to cooperate more closely on nuclear weapons development, it would make it even more difficult to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries.
The international community needs to be concerned about the possibility of increased cooperation between North Korea and Russia. This cooperation would give both countries a greater military advantage.