Kim Jong Un’s correspondence with Putin shoots up amid cooperation over Ukraine | NK News
June 23, 2024
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Kim Jong Un’s correspondence with Putin shoots up amid cooperation over Ukraine

North Korean and Russian leaders have exchanged 19 letters since 2022, but Syria’s Assad remains most frequent pen pal

Correspondence between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin has shot up since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, according to NK News analysis of state media, but Syrian leader Bashar Assad remained Kim’s most frequent pen pal.

DPRK state media reported that Kim and Putin only exchanged four messages during the entirety of 2021, likely due in part to Pyongyang’s heightened diplomatic isolation during the pandemic, but this increased to seven in 2022 and nine in 2023.

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