Separatist leader Denis Pushin has expressed hope that North Korea and Donetsk can achieve an “equally beneficial” relationship.
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Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushirin, sent Monday, said in his comments that his Moscow-backed republic and North Korea are two equally beneficial states that agree on the interests of their own people. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said it expressed hope that “inter-Korean cooperation” could be achieved. on wednesday.
Pushirin’s message to Kim was timed to coincide with the August 15th anniversary of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II.
Citing Pushirin’s letter, the report said, “Today, the people of the Donbass region are also fighting to regain freedom and historical justice, just as the people of South Korea did 77 years ago.”
The report did not say whether Kim sent messages to Pushirin in classified ads.
In July, North Korea recognized the so-called Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine as independent states.
The move makes North Korea the third country to recognize two separate entities, after Russia and Syria.
Kyiv immediately cut ties with North Korea over the move.
There are indications that North Korea is considering plans to send workers for recovery projects in these areas. This could help the economy but violate UN Security Council sanctions on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
Donetsk’s foreign ministry said Russian Ambassador Olga Makeeva met with North Korean Ambassador to Russia Shin Hong Chol in Moscow on July 29 to discuss economic cooperation. The ministry said Shin later said there was “great potential” for bilateral cooperation in trade and “labor migration” following the easing of North Korea’s pandemic border controls.
North Korea is also reportedly holding similar talks with Luhansk.
In 2017, Russia backed sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council in response to North Korea’s long-range missile tests. The sanctions required member states to repatriate all North Korean workers from their territories within 24 months of her and stop their free ads.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price last month criticized Russia’s proposal to potentially hire North Korean workers for remediation projects in Russia’s occupied territories in Ukraine, calling such an arrangement “an affront to Ukrainian sovereignty.” “It will be.”
Price cited comments from Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora, who told TASS news agency that North Korean construction workers could provide “very serious assistance” to the reconstruction of the Donbass region. rice field.
Allies of Russia
Luhansk and Donetsk together make up the Donbass region, a predominantly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine with steel mills, mines and other industries.
North Korea has repeatedly accused the United States of the crisis in Ukraine, saying the West’s “hegemonic policies” justified Russia’s military action in Ukraine to defend itself.
Kim Jong-un has also used the split in the UN Security Council, deepened by Russia’s war on Ukraine, to bolster his Accelerating weapons development. Power.
North Korea has launched more than 30 missiles in 2022 alone. This includes the first flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in nearly five years. There are also indications that North Korea is restoring tunnels at its nuclear test site, which was last active in 2017, in preparation for potentially resuming nuclear explosion tests.