May 25, 2024

Putin says North Korea doesn’t need Russian nukes, downplaying cooperation

Russian leader adds that Moscow doesn’t seek DPRK soldiers to fight in Ukraine, amid allegations of arms transfers

Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korea has sufficient nuclear capabilities to defend itself and has never sought Russia’s protection in exchange for providing soldiers for the war in Ukraine. 

“The DPRK does not need our nuclear umbrella,” Putin said in an interview with Russian state TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev, adding that North Korea has not asked Russia for anything.

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