It has been no secret that Russia and China have both worked diligently to present the façade of working toward a denuclearized Korean peninsula, while simultaneously bolstering support for Kim Jong un’s North Korean regime in the face of what both nations construe as American geopolitical bullying. While both Russia and China likely do favor a non-nuclear North Korea, concerns about the stability of Kim’s regime, and in turn, the physical and financial stability of the region, have placed both nations in the precarious position of having to support Kim through often unofficial channels.
More than a month ago, the United States issued a series of sanctions against organizations and individuals that were guilty of siphoning money into Kim Jong un’s regime despite a number of U.S. and UN levied sanctions. To no one’s surprise, the vast majority of those measures were taken against people and companies inside Russia and China, despite their formal government’s claims of support for a new round of UN sanctions. China and Russia have both seen an uptick in non-military trade with North Korea since tensions between Kim’s Regime and Trump’s administration have started to boil over, and even North Korea’s new Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles have been seen being transported around the nation on new, Chinese sourced timber trucks that China promises they thought would only be used to ship wood.
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