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Putin and Kim Jong Un Take a Drive in North Korea, Sign Mutual Defense Pact Against the West

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took turns driving an Aurus limousine on Wednesday, showcasing their close working relationship during Putin’s first visit to Pyongyang in 24 years.

This public relations event highlighted their camaraderie as they signed an agreement pledging mutual assistance in the event of “aggression” against either country.

Following talks with Kim, Putin announced the agreement during his lavish visit to Pyongyang, his first since 2000. Kim described the agreement as elevating their relationship to “a new, high level of alliance.” Observers note that this pact solidifies a rapidly growing partnership that has raised concerns in the West and could have significant global implications.

A mutual defense treaty could potentially involve Moscow assisting Pyongyang in future conflicts on the Korean peninsula, while North Korea might openly support Russia in its war on Ukraine. Kim is already accused of supplying Russia with weapons, and Putin is believed to be providing North Korea with space technology that could enhance its missile program.

The leaders last met in Russia in September. During this visit, Kim presented Putin with a pair of Pungsan dogs, a local breed, as reported by state media KCNA on June 20. They were seen admiring the dogs, tied to a rose-covered fence, in a segment aired on Korean Central Television on Thursday.

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