February 21, 2024
Analysis

Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’

Belarus-DPRK relations have been minimal for decades, but their shared outsider status means that could soon change

North Korea and Belarus celebrated the 32nd anniversary of diplomatic relations last week, and while they have maintained only trivial ties for most of that time, that could be about to change.

So similar are the regimes in style, substance and execution that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Belarussian opposition leader now in exile, suggested her country was morphing into the "the North Korea of Europe.”