January 21, 2021

Putin hopes to expand on deals with Kim Jong Un, urges return to nuclear talks

Russian leader lauded bilateral ties at ceremony marking new North Korean ambassador’s role in Moscow

North Korea’s new ambassador to Russia has faced a tough first year on the job after arriving in Moscow at the onset of the global pandemic in February, and efforts to expand bilateral ties appear to have slowed as a result. 

Addressing DPRK Ambassador Sin Hong Chol and other new ambassadors at a ceremony in Moscow on Tuesday, however, Russian leader Vladimir Putin signaled that improving ties with the DPRK remains a priority.