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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia

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Putin probably figures he can get many more "workers" for ammunition plants if they are in North Korea.

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Some analysts say a potential meeting between Kim and Putin would be more about symbolic gains

'Symbolic gains" no doubt the anti-democracy warmongers will be pleased to see the two dictators shown to be even closer. It looks like Putin is making arrangements for even more military action ahead, will Kim let Putin use NK's soldiers as replacements for the Wagner Group. Or will China have first dibs on NK soldiers?

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You wouldn't want to rely on arms 'made in North Korea', but the option of having a country-sized slave labour camp serving his needs would suit Putin. In return, cheap energy, food and other stuff (NK lacking in energy, food and other stuff). And a chance to replace China as Best Ally, as the Chinese economy wobbles.

Not all of the arms donated to Ukraine have been state of the art. The West cleared out all the old stuff as an excuse to order more new stuff. Hey, military shiny is expensive.

There are (and always have been) two options when an abusive regime takes control of its own or another nation. The easy, quick, cheap and ethical option is to target the backers, bankers, fixers, members and leader of the regime - abduct and erase, one by one, on the sly. Game over in short order.

The alternative is to support the opposition as the place gets trashed, people get killed and the conflict drags on for years with lots of collateral damage and huge cost - human and financial. These proxy wars can last decades, especially if they are seasonal, like the football.

The West have chosen the latter option, but are getting nervous. Sanctions didn't work. BRICS is making friends with African and Island regimes. They can support demands for trillions in reparation from colonial powers for them at the UN. The global south and the Middle East, with all their resources, are no longer slam dunks for Uncle Sam. The US won Cold War 1 and became Top Nation. Cold War 2 is looking less and less certain. As the West fusses over the identity crises of its delicate youth, fights and divides over culture wars, and commits economic suicide with trade restrictions, BRICS has gone old skool with a focus on money, power and resources. And the wild card remains Trump, who might flip the US position. We live in interesting times.

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A meeting between 2 brutal dictators as they discuss and plan how to most effectively commit mass murder and genocide.

And these are China's close friends????!!!!

How does that expression go . . . With friends like this, who needs enemies?

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Aren't Russia and North Korea democracies ?

No. Russia is an autocratic oligarchy, and North Korea is a dictatorship.

Both of them pretend to be democratic. But a turd by any other name...

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and it has also hinted at an interest in sending construction workers to those areas to help with rebuilding efforts.

While living in the UAE I watched North Korean construction workers outwork the other slave forces of construction workers from around the globe. The luckiest of the North Koreans might earn the right to be bussed once a week or so, to a shopping center where they were allowed to window shop, most likely the wages the workers earned were sent back to North Korea for Kim to use on luxury goods for himself and kin, and/or to buy weapons technology.

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Name calling is not gonna stop inevitable end to this war in Ukraine,since fatigue has set in by the American public, especially since it not their war

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And these are China's close friends????!!!!

Communists only have communist friends.

The whole world is a threat to their imperialist supremacist ideology.

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@otsu Aren't Russia and North Korea democracies ?

Putin was 'elected to rule his personal Federation until 2036, but neither Kim, nor his predecessors have never allowed elections, though 'democratic people's republic' is part of the name they call themselves. Both nations mack of authoritarian dictatorships to me.

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Breaking News, a Wagner drone just struck the building where little putin and Little kim where meeting , stay tuned.

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The deal will be something like this. NK ammunition and artillery shells for Russian food and weapons technology. Probably not much the West can do about it since both these countries are already under heavy sanctions. But why is Kim going into Russia? PR stunt for his people? He likes to ride the train? I'm guessing he'll come back with a bit money in his pocket and a few kilos heavier.

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""The talks will focus on bilateral ties, Peskov said. “As with any of our neighbors, we feel obliged to develop good, mutually beneficial relations,” he added.""

How dare this puppet to make a statement like this.

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GBR48Today 06:23 am JST

Not all of the arms donated to Ukraine have been state of the art. The West cleared out all the old stuff as an excuse to order more new stuff. Hey, military shiny is expensive.

There are (and always have been) two options when an abusive regime takes control of its own or another nation. The easy, quick, cheap and ethical option is to target the backers, bankers, fixers, members and leader of the regime - abduct and erase, one by one, on the sly. Game over in short order.

Assassination programs have never been used effectively against an entire country.

The alternative is to support the opposition as the place gets trashed, people get killed and the conflict drags on for years with lots of collateral damage and huge cost - human and financial. These proxy wars can last decades, especially if they are seasonal, like the football.

1) Russia is extremely far from taking over Kyiv and 2) it would be stupid to assume arming an insurrection would be more effective than arming an active participant in a conventional war.

The West have chosen the latter option, but are getting nervous. Sanctions didn't work. BRICS is making friends with African and Island regimes. They can support demands for trillions in reparation from colonial powers for them at the UN.

Because demands for reparations have always worked so well in the past?

The global south and the Middle East, with all their resources, are no longer slam dunks for Uncle Sam.

The cartel tax for oil is not that high: it can't be any higher than what would cause a significant drop in demand and oil from the ME isn't the source of all energy in the world.

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OTSUKARESAMADESUToday 06:43 am JST

no doubt the anti-democracy warmongers will be pleased to see the two dictators shown to be even closer.

Aren't Russia and North Korea democracies ?

A real joker I see.

Iet me guests - your an American right ?

Yes... I can correctly identify a concentration camp state as a result.

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One as short as the other. (except for the weight)

One dictator meeting another.

One who doesn't care about his own population meeting another.

Pot meets kettle!

So many similarities!

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Some analysts say a potential meeting between Kim and Putin would be more about symbolic gains

could also be that Putin wants some of those people in NK camps to be drafted into his war.

just speculation though.

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Next up, the DORK’s provide Russia with their high speed rail technology, lol.

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One wonders how much humiliation Putin can stand....

His "one week" war is now over a year and a half long...

His proud flagship Moskva is rusting at the bottom of the Red Sea and his prized Kerch bridge is full of holes...

His best bud, hot dog guru, and private warlord turned on him and sent his army marching on Moscow....

Now Putin has to take his tin cup and go beg one of the poorest countries in the world for some bombs and bullets...

Some "genius" as a former realty TV host called him...

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It's nice that Kim can finally take a vacation outside of his personal kingdom. His citizens will appreciate it. Maybe someday Putin can also take a holiday outside Russia. North Korea might be the only safe option for him too.

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Seems like an opportune moment to swap that VX recipe for Novichok.

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Abomination. Putin is killing his own kin, neighbors Ukraine and kissing the arses of a country they share a 17 km border with. He is getting to the same level as Stalin

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Stalin was US ally

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Kim daddy was born in Russia,

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China is the real wildcard in this. On one hand, Beijing desires the existence of the North as a counterweight to the US presence in the South. On the other hand, Beijing neither likes nor trusts Kim and particularly hates it when Kim plays Beijing and Moscow off against each other.

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OTSUKARESAMADESUToday  06:43 am JST

Aren't Russia and North Korea democracies ?

Go to Pyongyang and Moscow, criticize Kim and Putin, and see how democratically you'll get treated.

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ok1517Today  08:08 am JST

One as short as the other. (except for the weight)

One dictator meeting another.

One who doesn't care about his own population meeting another.

Pot meets kettle!

So many similarities!

Trash usually ends up together in the same place.

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It was a heck of a lot safer with Trump keeping North Korea in check.

Now look who Joe is instigating.

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Trump kicked the problem down to Biden, now his acolytes are defending Trump's inaction, leaving this problem for future presidents.

Good thing Biden is tough on North Korea, or we already would have had nuclear war.

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And these are China's close friends????!!!!

Communists only have communist friends.

Neither China nor North Korea are communist.

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yrraL

Name calling is not gonna stop inevitable end to this war in Ukraine…

It’s not clear but I would like to assume your agreeing with James Cleverly.

“Putin is trying to win a war he will not win, and these attacks show just how desperate he is," UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

Google Putin can’t win war in Ukraine no matter how much I want him too

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OTSUKARESAMADESUToday  10:38 am JST

Go to Pyongyang and Moscow, criticize Kim and Putin, and see how democratically you'll get treated.

Now now lets not get ahead of yourself

Words have a way of rebounding

Based on your response, clearly not in this case. When you go to Pyongyang, make sure to bring some food for the starving citizens.

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Because you people are commenting about him,he gets what he wants attention

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behold my supreme little finger

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/PYH20230911033400315?section=image/nk

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And these are China's close friends????!!!!

No. China did implement sanctions against, and froze North Korean assets in the past.

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The irony is that all three leaders of failed states in China, Russia and North Korea are at high risk of being replaced or having a revolution, and in no time all three of the leaders could be gone. Three rocks tied together still sink.

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A meeting of misery to compare who has the most impoverished and miserable citizens.

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Trading nuclear technology for poorly manufactured, poorly stored, unreliable non-precision ammo because his BATNA is so damn weak.

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Good! Mr Kim and Mr Putin. Try to co-operate on everything! The world is flat and we should help each others.

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Welcome K.J.

The Eurasia countries should forming a QUAD to fight back NATO & US military expansion. Russia, China, North Korea & Belarus, all of them were nuclear armed and fighting for a sacred cause!

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. “As with any of our neighbors, we feel obliged to develop good, mutually beneficial relations,” 

including Ukraine??

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How the "mighty" Russia has fallen. Begging for over-priced, poor-quality weapons from North Korea.

Imagine if Putin had spent the money/resources he has wasted - and continues to waste - on his Ukraine invasion, on improving people's lives instead?

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YrralToday 09:55 am JST

Stalin was US ally

Only because the Nazis broke the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Until that time, the Soviets had no intention at all of fighting the Nazis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov-Ribbentrop_Pact

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YrralToday 09:55 am JST

Stalin was US ally

When comparing ANYTHING to Stalin as a defense, you lose.

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Today's meal deals include a 50 ml cantina of our own-brand 'very rationable' water available in both brackish and astringent and a choice of potato-ish chips in sparrow, moss and used notebook flavour. Subject to availability.

Please enjoy your journey".

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elephant200Today 02:07 pm JST

Welcome K.J.

The Eurasia countries should forming a QUAD to fight back NATO & US military expansion.

And that is funny because the US hasn't expanded its troop deployments hardly at all except because of Putin screwing the pooch in Europe.

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World leaders are yet to do justice to their enormous potential in feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the homeless, creating health facilities for the sick, the elderly, the kids, and offering possibilities for citizens to work joyfully and to live in peace and harmony.

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the Devil meets devil ... the bad meets bad ....the evil meets evil ...the satan meets satan ...mischievous meets with mischievous......

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Aren't Russia and North Korea democracies ?

No, both are fully fledged autocracies.

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Peskov said. “As with any of our neighbors, we feel obliged to develop good, mutually beneficial relations,” he added.""

Through special military invasions. Look out Kim!

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