Putin Visits North Korea for First Time in 24 Years

June 18, 2024

We warmly welcome the President of the Russian Federation.

A banner hanging in North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, as Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived for a two-day visit to North Korea. Tuesday marks President Putin’s first trip to North Korea in 24 years.

Why It Matters: Russian and North Korean leaders meet this week to reaffirm their cooperation, with President Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un explaining they seek to “overcome U.S.-led sanctions” (The Associated Press). Russia receives weapons from North Korea – a country among the short list of U.S. designated state sponsors of terrorism – and uses them for the war in Ukraine. The meeting comes amid growing tensions between North Korea and its neighbors (particularly South Korea), and marks the first time another world leader has been invited to the capital city, Pyongyang, since the pandemic.

Read More: Before his summit with North Korea’s Kim, Putin vows they’ll beat sanctions together (The Associated Press)

Photo Credit: Putin and Kim Jong Un posing together in September 2023 / The Associated Press

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas