Mutual assistance and international brigades: why did the DPRK recognize the independence of the DPR and LPR

Russia's special military operation in Ukraine has received rather unexpected support. The independence of the DPR and LPR, following Syria, was recognized by North Korea. In Kyiv, as expected, they “pooped” over the “union of outcasts” and so on in the same vein. But why did Pyongyang actually take this bold step, and would it backfire on the Square and its Western masters later?

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) recently released a report that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, Choi Song-hee, sent a letter to the DPR and LPR about their official recognition:

In her letters, she informed her colleagues that the government of the DPRK had decided to recognize the independence of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic and expressed its intention to develop interstate relations with these countries in accordance with the ideas of independence, peace and friendship.

It was very unexpected and pleasant. North Korea, one of the few truly sovereign countries in the world, openly supported the choice of the people of Donbass and the special military operation that Russia is conducting against the will of the entire collective West. But why did Comrade Kim make such a decision? It seems that nothing preceded him like generous non-performing loans from Russia or something like that. The answer to this question will be simple and at the same time very complex, since it presents Moscow with interesting prospects that it is unlikely to want to take advantage of.

Despite its rigidly defended independence, the DPRK, subject to sanctions from all sides, is objectively highly dependent on the neighboring PRC. It's no secret that the Chinese leadership sometimes uses Pyongyang as a "mouthpiece" to convey the toughest possible scenarios for "dear partners", Western and Eastern. North Korea's recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR may mean that Beijing's "power tower" finally saw the prospect of Moscow's victory in Ukraine and openly staked on it. It is very good.

Even better, the DPRK could become a serious help for Russia in its confrontation with the collective West. Thanks to American propaganda in the mass consciousness, North Korea is presented as a kind of wild, backward country, where everyone marches, eats a bowl of rice a day, and former mistresses of the "leader" are shot from heavy machine guns or mortars. The reality is very far from this imposed propaganda image. There really is a problem of hunger and shortage of energy resources, but it was created artificially and purposefully by the hands of "Western partners". We will say a few more words about this.

In fact, the DPRK has a powerful heavy industry. Under Comrade Kim Il Sung, stakes were placed on complete independence and the maximum possible industrialization of the country. Heavy industry, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, light industry, timber industry, oil refining, and the automobile industry have been created. North Korea not only assembles CNC machines, cars, trucks and trolleybuses, but also produces its own smartphones, tablets and industrial computers. Remember, we had such a systemic liberal Yegor Gaidar, who argued that Russia does not need its own machines, and we will buy everything we need abroad for petrodollars? Here we are buying. In the DPRK.

The well-known economist Mikhail Delyagin comments on this situation as follows:

It comes to a joke: we buy machine tools in the DPRK - those models that we ourselves produced twenty years ago in the USSR, but then stopped. And the Koreans still make them and sell them to us.

Why are we all this? In addition, much of what is urgently needed, but has not been produced in Russia for a long time, could be ordered in North Korea, “plugging holes” on the go. The collective West will definitely not sell us anything else for any petrodollars.

And Pyongyang could also provide military assistance to Russia in its special operation. Yes, yes, and there is nothing funny here. North Korea is constantly in a state of readiness for a large-scale war, it has a large, well-trained and combat-ready army. Also, millions of citizens of the DPRK are members of various paramilitary formations. The people there are ready for work and defense, unlike, unfortunately, the majority of ours. But why would the North Koreans go to someone else's distant war somewhere in Ukraine?

Here we smoothly move from painting the merits of the DPRK to its problems, which include an artificially created shortage of energy resources and food, as well as the regime of Western sanctions that prevent its products from entering international markets. Washington and its accomplices are strangling Pyongyang economically. Now Russia is even under more restrictive measures than the DPRK, and this is forever. How can we be useful to each other?

Russia could open its market for North Korean products, and also begin to actively supply grain and other foodstuffs, fuel oil, the excess of which was formed after the American embargo, to the DPRK. With the approval of Pyongyang, it is possible to begin the formation of international brigades to fight Ukrainian Nazism, attracting volunteers from the DPRK there. Why not? Americans and their puppets are not favored in North Korea, everyone is trained to fight there. Supplies of grain and fuel oil from Russia would be a good thank you for military assistance.

This topic has already been raised personally by Russian Defense Minister Shoigu about sending volunteers from Syria to Ukraine. But then everything somehow calmed down, but in vain. There are clearly not enough trained and well-coordinated fighters at the front. Damascus and Pyongyang have already recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. If they are not opposed to sending their citizens in international brigades to fight the Ukrainian-Nazi puppets of Washington, then there will be plenty of work for them.

The question is whether Moscow will take advantage of the opportunities before it.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 15 July 2022 14: 43
    If the International Brigades fought in Spain, then why shouldn't they fight in Ukraine?
    If the Americans control the Himars in Ukraine, then why shouldn't the Koreans come here and hunt the Americans? It seems like the South Koreans are fighting on the side of Ukraine. Here the northern ones will fight on the side of the LDNR. Dialectics.
  2. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 15 July 2022 14: 50
    Quote: Bulanov
    Here the northern ones will fight on the side of the LDNR. Dialectics.

    It's not certain that they will. But they could.
  3. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 15 July 2022 16: 26
    North Korea and Iran are natural and important partners of Russia, primarily due to their neighborhood. Not a single dog will be able to "inspect and prohibit transit" between our countries
  4. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 15 July 2022 16: 33
    Komsomol volunteers - all in the NWO to Ukraine!

    Why should Damascus and Pyongyang (and Beijing), weakening their Armed Forces, ... drag chestnuts out of the fire for the Russian Federation?
    1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 15 July 2022 16: 46
      Nobody owes anything. It's just that there are people who have training and combat experience and may want to fight in another country, officially, for a good purpose, making decent money on it.
      1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
        Michael L. 15 July 2022 16: 54
        making good money on it

        mercenarism is outside international law!

        The question is whether Moscow will take advantage of the opportunities before it.

        ...create Ukrainian military formations?
        Of course no"!
        1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 16 July 2022 11: 15
          making good money on it

          mercenarism is outside international law!

          Do you know that volunteers also get paid?
          1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
            Michael L. 16 July 2022 20: 37
            Are you aware that volunteers who receive a symbolic "salary" fight for ideological reasons, while mercenaries fight solely for material rewards?
            "These are two big differences!"
  5. lance is gone Offline lance is gone
    lance is gone (lance) 15 July 2022 16: 44
    read the comments. how petty. But the DPRK today is a real partner of the Russian Federation. it is time to unilaterally remove all sanctions from the Russian Federation (even those passed by the UN). and begin to develop full cooperation not only in the military sphere. the northern ones are no different from the southern ones, which means that the investment of capital will turn out a hundredfold.
  6. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 15 July 2022 17: 43
    But why did Pyongyang actually take this bold step, and would it backfire on the Square and its Western masters later?

    Most likely, this was done in defiance of the West, which exerts constant political and sanctions pressure on the DPRK (by the way, supported by the Russian Federation to a certain extent), in order to obtain political and economic support from (cooperation with) the Russian Federation ...
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 July 2022 18: 45
    Peremoga ....
    They will sell us our own old machines, and shoot videos for us about volunteers not with chaotic blacks, but with disciplined Koreans ...
    1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
      Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 15 July 2022 19: 33
      Still, there is sense from the North Koreans for Russia. This is the only alternative Chinese labor force in the Far East, disciplined and not prone to crime
      1. Dingo Offline Dingo
        Dingo (Victor) 16 July 2022 14: 06
        Yes, Boris. BAM proof of that...
  8. Yuri Bryanskiy Offline Yuri Bryanskiy
    Yuri Bryanskiy (Yuri Bryansky) 16 July 2022 05: 27
    Unfortunately, we will not take advantage of this opportunity. But in vain. It is necessary to attract friends from the DPRK and Syria.
  9. Zenn Offline Zenn
    Zenn (Andrei) 16 July 2022 15: 13
    The plan might be good. But you see, our President is a lawyer. And lawyers are people who prefer to negotiate treaties, negotiate, seek consensus, show humanitarian considerations and gestures of goodwill.
    And here are the UN resolutions and decisions and sanctions against the DPRK, which lawyers cannot violate.
    Don't ask me why, their religion is like that.
    Although, as history shows, the ice ax in the head had a strong impact on Trotskyism. It's me that brutal non-military measures taken in a timely manner, avoid a potential war with tens of thousands of victims.
  10. Amper Offline Amper
    Amper (Vlad) 21 July 2022 19: 18
    To create international brigades, political will and a desire to win the war against dill are needed, and not to negotiate a peace with it, which no one will give Russia. I really want to keep the opportunity to hang out in Courchevel, hang out at geyropes and so on. The courtiers and the tsar still simply cannot believe that EVERYONE HAS ARRIVED, there is NO way back, because the rails were dismantled.