September 19, 2020

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Pyongyang showed little gratitude for Soviet assistance, yet Moscow couldn't afford to abandon the relationship

Back in the 1970s, Western media habitually described North Korea as a ‘fellow communist state’ of the Soviet Union.

Of course, observers were aware that actual relations between Moscow and Pyongyang were complicated, but this did not necessarily register with the general public.