Anthony V. Rinna is a Senior Editor with the Sino-NK research group. He’s lived in South Korea since 2014.
Both have short-term anti-U.S. goals, but Moscow could lose long-term to Beijing's rising influence
The vice foreign minister's recent DPRK visit highlights Moscow's slow and steady approach
Moscow fears that raising DPRK human rights issues could bring political instability to its doorstep
The incident has irritated Russian officials and reminded many of the DPRK's unpredictability
Despite taking steps with sanctions, Moscow seen as hurdle to U.S. interests on the Korean peninsula
Strengthening ties with DPRK likely part of wider security effort in Russia's Asia-Pacific periphery
Ulaanbaatar is increasingly positioning itself as a mediating force
Cooperation with Moscow could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington
The Vladivostok meeting likely widened the gap between Moscow and Washington on DPRK issues
Despite positive start to personal relations, much work remains on the key issues
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