Analysts: Russia-North Korea Military Ties Pose Dilemma for China

Voice of America News reports: “China, dismayed by North Korea’s deepening military cooperation with Russia, could try to keep that relationship from disrupting regional stability for its own benefit rather than Washington’s, according to analysts.

Experts worry that North Korea could obtain weapons technology from Russia that would speed up Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear development programs to create a greater threat in the region.

The increasing belligerence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has exacerbated those concerns. He has ordered the country to be ready to occupy South Korea if war breaks out and canceled the reunification policy.

‘We are deeply concerned about the growing relationship between Russia and the DPRK and what that might mean for Mr. Kim’s intentions,’ said a senior White House official on a background press call January 27 after talks between U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The acronym DPRK refers to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…”

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