N. Korea’s position

As China’s oil supplies to North Korea have been periodically disrupted due to tensions between Beijing and Pyongyang, Moscow’s importance as an investor in the DPRK’s energy sector has increased markedly. Siberian oil companies have sold fuel to North Korea via a supply route linking Vladivostok to Rajin. These fuel supplies have provided the North Korean regime with vital hard currency, as the DPRK has processed Siberian oil in chemical plants and resold it to Chinese consumers.

Kim has responded to Russia’s consistency as a North Korean economic ally by publicly hailing the DPRK’s partnership with Moscow and increasing its shipments of guest workers to construction projects in Siberia. The presence of 10,000 North Koreans in Russia and the DPRK’s convenience as a source of cheap labor for Putin’s attempts to modernize Vladivostok suggests that Moscow is unlikely to match its critical rhetoric on North Korea’s nuclear buildup with retaliatory actions for the foreseeable future.          http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/russias-love-affair-with-north-korea/

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Russia, China, Iran are major players in Shanghai Economic Cooperation Org.      Russia and China both neighbor N. Korea and were the main opponents of USA in Korean War.

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Iran, Pakistan and N. Korea covertly exchange military help to one another and that is okay with China, although the three break every rule in the book against such covert exchanges.

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3-13-15  Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development that could further complicate the West’s attempts to deal with an increasingly belligerent Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un’s recalcitrant regime in Pyongyang.   http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/russians-offer-north-korea-a-new-alliance-1.2137753

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BEIJING — Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

Following talks in Beijing, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and China’s Wang Yi expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Despite endorsing United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its missile launches and nuclear tests, the two strongly criticized the proposed deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD.   http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/04/29/north-korea-us-border-soldiers-provoke/83692588/

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