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Russia Seizes an Opportunity in North Korea

MIN READMay 5, 2017 | 12:06 GMT

Russia, which shares a relatively short border but a long history with North Korea, is strengthening its economic and financial ties with its neighbor.

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As North Korea's relationship with China grows more difficult, Russia has increased its focus on the Korean Peninsula, ready to forge stronger ties with its isolated neighbor. Beijing is considering increasing pressure on North Korea to dial back its nuclear weapons program, and Russia stands ready to take advantage of the conflict. But though deepening its involvement with North Korea could equip the Kremlin with additional tools to use in its wider confrontation with the West, Russia could not hope to match Chinese influence in North Korea. Yet, Russia could still limit the pressure China is able to exert on North Korea....

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