- The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a strong alliance between Russia and Kim Jong-un’s North Korean regime would be a stabilizing force in the region.

A day after meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, an aide to Kim, Mr. Putin said in Moscow, “A further deepening of political ties and trade and economic cooperation is definitely in the interests of the peoples of both countries and ensuring regional stability and security,” Reuters reported.

The North Korean official is on a seven-day trip to Russia.

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In July, the two nations built on their economic ties when a $250 million Russian-funded addition to the port of Rajin in northeast North Korean was completed.

The port is the furthest northern ice free port in the region and capable of transferring 5 million tons of freight per year.

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