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With its new pact with North Korea, Russia raises the stakes with the West over Ukraine

Jun. 23, 2024 20:00 PM EDT

Behind the smiles, the balloons and the red-carpet pageantry of President Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea last week, a strong signal came through: In the spiraling confrontation with the U.S. and its allies over Ukraine, the Russian leader is willing to challenge Western interests like never...

South Korea summons Russian ambassador as tensions rise with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the country’s new defense pact with North Korea on Friday, as border tensions continued to rise with vague threats and brief, seemingly accidental incursions by North Korean troops. Earlier Friday,...

Russia-North Korea pact could dent China's influence, but Beijing still holds sway over both

Jun. 21, 2024 10:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — With no obvious options, China appears to be keeping its distance as Russia and North Korea move closer to each other with a new defense pact that could tilt the balance of power among the three authoritarian states. Experts say China's leaders are likely fretting...

How did North Korean soldiers wander across the world's most heavily guarded border?

Jun. 21, 2024 03:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Don’t believe the name: The Demilitarized Zone between the two rival Koreas might be the most heavily armed place on earth. Two million mines, barbed wire fences, tank traps and tens of thousands of troops from both countries patrol a divided swath of land 248...

AP Week in Pictures: Global

Jun. 21, 2024 02:28 AM EDT

June 14-20, 2024 People protested during a general strike in Panama, Muslim pilgrims gathered in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited North Korea and Vietnam. Kurdish migrants trying to reach Britain were discovered off French shores, and trains collided in...

South Korea summons Russian ambassador to protest defense pact with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 01:50 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summons Russian ambassador to protest defense pact with North Korea.

South Korea will consider supplying arms to Ukraine after Russia and North Korea sign strategic pact

Jun. 20, 2024 21:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that it would consider sending arms to Ukraine, a major policy change that was suggested after Russia and North Korea rattled the region and beyond by signing a pact to come to each other’s defense in the event of war. The...

The Putin-Kim summit produced an unusual — and speedy — flurry of glimpses into North Korea

Jun. 20, 2024 16:08 PM EDT

The imagery from Pyongyang emerged quickly, notable in its variety — glimpses into North Korea in near-real time that showed its leader, Kim Jong Un, grinning and glad-handing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and showing him around the capital of one of the world's least accessible nations....

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Jun. 20, 2024 14:53 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say a new strategic partnership is a breakthrough, but what it means for their relationship is still uncertain. The pact requires both countries to use all available means to provide...

Mutual defense pact between North Korea and Russia raises new questions, but it's far from unique

Jun. 20, 2024 06:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A new mutual-defense pact signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commits each country to come to the other's aid if attacked. Just what the threshold for such assistance would be is currently unclear -- maybe deliberately so,...