North Korea Joins Syria and Russia in Recognising the LPR & DPR! (14.7.2022) 

Translator’s Note: The US, UK and EU politically, financially and militarily supported the ‘illegal’ usurping of political power in January 2014, by the Neo-Nazi ‘Euro-Maidan’ Junta. Many different areas of Central and East Ukraine rose-up and declared their ‘independence’ against this blatant ‘anti-Russian’ attempt by the West to move EU and NATO hegemony up to the geographical borders of Russia. The Socialist Republics of Kharkov, Odessa and Carpatho-Russian, etc, all declared their opposition to the US-backed ‘Neo-Nazi’ Ukrainian State – but were all ruthlessly invaded by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and brutally suppressed! Only the LPR and DPR managed to hold-out and are now being military assisted by Russia. All this data is missing from this article as the author assumes the reader already is aware of it (and they probably are in China) – but I wanted it restated here because most Western readers follow the pro-Nao-Nazi line established by the US. Furthermore, contrary to the comments made by ‘Alexander Scherba’ is obviously incorrect. North Korea established a full embassy in Kyiv in 1992 – but withdrew this embassy in early 1998. Before 2017, the two countries shared certain trade relations. Between 2015-2016, Ukraine’s exports to North Korea amounted to $33.7 million and $7.5 million respectively – with the main exports being flour, grains and rapeseed, etc. ACW (20.7.2022) 

According to a report issued by the Korean Central News Agency on the 14th, North Korean Foreign Minister – Choi Son-hee – announced on July 13th, 2022, that it recognized the independence of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic”. After Russia and Syria, North Korea has become the third country since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to recognize the independence of the two “Republics” situated in the East of Ukraine. In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded that it would sever diplomatic relations with North Korea. According to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korean Foreign Minister – Choe Son-hui – sent letters to the foreign ministers of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine on July 13th, 2022. In the letter, the North Korean government recognized the independence of the two “Republics” of Donbass and expressed its willingness to develop State relations premised upon the concepts of independence, peace and friendship. On July 13th, 2022, local time, North Korean Ambassador to Russia – Shin Hong-chul – held talks with Donetsk’s Representative in Russia at the North Korean embassy and submitted a document confirming that North Korea recognises the Donetsk’s independence. Donetsk leader – Denis Pushlin – said on social media that it was another diplomatic victory for the “Republic”. He said he hoped to have “productive cooperation” and to strengthen trade with North Korea. In response, the Ukrainian foreign ministry issued a statement condemning North Korea’s decision. The statement said that North Korea’s decision was an attempt to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In response to this unfriendly act, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with North Korea. 

However, some commentators have said that this move by the Ukrainian side is purely symbolic. The two countries had no diplomatic relations before. Alexander Scherba – a former Ukrainian diplomat – with North Korea. It is reported that North Korea will become the third country to recognize the two “Republics” of Donbass after Russia and Syria. On February 21st, 2022, Russian President – Vladimir Putin – signed an order recognising the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic”, as well as establishing a Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. Putin then confirmed that the Russian Armed Forces would provide protection for the two places. Three days later, Putin delivered a televised speech announcing the launch of a Special Military Operation in the Donbass region – designed to oust the unwanted (Neo-Nazi) Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Syrian government also announced – on June 29th, 2022 – that it would recognize the independence and sovereignty of the two “Republics” in the Donbass region and would establish diplomatic relations with the “two countries”. It is reported that both Donetsk and Lugansk belong to the Donbass region, which is close to the Russian border and is the largest coal base in Ukraine and an important industrial city. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the Donbass became a territory of Ukraine, but historically, the Donbass region has close historical, cultural and economic ties with Russia. In April 2014, a large-scale armed conflict broke out between Ukrainian government forces and civilian armed forces in the Donbass region. Civilian armed forces subsequently announced the establishment of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic”. In September of that year, through the mediation of the international community, representatives of the two sides reached a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, but the conflict did not completely stop. Since the end of March this year (2022), the Russian Army concentrated its forces and launched a fierce conflict with the Ukrainian Army in the Donbass region. On July 4th, 2022, Putin congratulated the major “victory” achieved in Lugansk and announced the completion of the military operation to “liberate” Lugansk. It is expected that the Russian Army will continue to advance through Donetsk. Public opinion believes that North Korea’s recognition of the two “Republics” in not surprising as North Korea also expressed support for the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. Recently, DPRK-Russia relations have become increasingly close. A series of interactions between the two sides show that the two countries intend to strengthen cooperation in various fields. 

According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, in mid-June, Russia’s Far East and Arctic Development Minister – Chekunkov – and North Korea’s Ambassador to Russia – Shin Hong Chol – held a video meeting at the St. Petersburg’s International Economic Forum to discuss the resumption and expansion of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries that was interrupted due to the epidemic. It is reported that the two sides mentioned the need to restore the railway traffic between Russia and North Korea through the Hassan-Tumen River crossing point and discussed the further implementation of the construction of the Russia-North Korea cross-border highway bridge on the Tumen River. The attitudes of the leaders of the two countries are also intriguing. On June 12th, 2022, this year – “Russia Day” – Kim Jong-Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, sent a congratulatory message to Putin, praising the Russian people for their “great achievements in the just cause of maintaining national dignity and security” and overcoming various difficulties and problems. “The North Korean people give it full support and recognition”. Kim Jong-un also sent a congratulatory message to Russia on May 9th, 2022, the Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War – expressing support for Russia and emphasizing the strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries. In this regard, Fox News previously said that Kim Jong-Un’s attitude is the latest sign of deepening relations between North Korea and Russia. Since the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, relations between the two countries appear to be strengthening and are likely to transform into a long-term strategic partnership. Some analysts said that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is bringing Russia and North Korea closer. For the two countries – more friends means less isolation.  

(Editor email: ylq@jfdaily.com)  

Column editor: Yang Liqun (杨立群) 

Text editor: Yang Liqun (杨立群) 

Author of this article: Qiu Wenhan (裘雯涵) 

Source of the title map: Visual China (视觉中国) 

Photo editor: Xiang Jianying (项建英) 
 

Chinese Language Article: 

继俄罗斯、叙利亚之后,朝鲜宣布承认乌东两个“共和国”,乌克兰:断交 

2022-07-14 16:54 

据朝中社14日报道,朝鲜外务相崔善姬13日宣布承认“顿涅茨克人民共和国”和“卢甘斯克人民共和国”独立。继俄罗斯和叙利亚后,朝鲜成为自俄乌冲突以来第三个承认乌东两个“共和国”独立的国家。对此,乌克兰外交部回应称,将断绝与朝鲜的外交关系。 

据朝中社报道,朝鲜外务相崔善姬13日分别向乌东部的“顿涅茨克人民共和国”和“卢甘斯克人民共和国”外长致函。 

信函中通报,朝鲜政府决定承认乌东两个“共和国”的独立,并表示愿本着自主、和平、友谊理念,同他们发展国家关系。 

当地时间13日,朝鲜驻俄罗斯大使申洪哲在朝鲜大使馆与顿涅茨克驻俄罗斯代表进行会谈,并提交一份朝鲜宣布承认顿涅茨克独立的文件。 

顿涅茨克领导人丹尼斯·普希林在社交媒体上表示,这是该“共和国”外交上的又一个胜利。他表示,希望与朝鲜进行“富有成效的合作”,并加强与朝鲜的贸易往来。 

对此,乌克兰外交部发布声明,谴责朝鲜这一决定。声明说,朝鲜这一决定是试图破坏乌主权和领土完整,作为对这一不友好行为的回应,乌克兰断绝与朝鲜的外交关系。 

不过,有评论称,乌方此举更具象征意义。两国此前也没什么外交关系。 

乌克兰前外交官亚历山大·舍尔巴(alexander scherba)在推特上称,在他26年的外交生涯中,从未意识到乌克兰与朝鲜有外交关系。 

据悉,朝鲜将成为继俄罗斯和叙利亚之后,第三个承认乌东两个“共和国”的国家。 

今年2月21日,俄罗斯总统普京签署关于承认“顿涅茨克人民共和国”和“卢甘斯克人民共和国”的命令,以及俄与这两个“共和国”的友好合作互助条约,命令俄武装力量为两地提供和平保障。三天后,普京发表电视讲话,决定在顿巴斯地区发起特别军事行动。 

叙利亚政府6月29日也宣布,承认顿巴斯地区这两个“共和国”的独立和主权,将与“两国”建立外交关系。 

据悉,顿涅茨克和卢甘斯克都属于顿巴斯地区,该地区靠近俄罗斯边境,是乌克兰最大的煤炭基地,也是工业重镇。上世纪90年代苏联解体后,顿巴斯成为乌克兰的领土,但从历史上来看,顿巴斯地区与俄罗斯有着密切的历史、文化和经济纽带。 

2014年4月,乌政府军和民间武装在顿巴斯地区爆发大规模武装冲突。民间武装随后宣布成立“顿涅茨克人民共和国”和“卢甘斯克人民共和国”。是年9月,经国际社会斡旋,双方代表在白俄罗斯首都明斯克达成停火协议,但此后冲突并未完全停止。 

自今年3月底以来,俄军集中力量,在顿巴斯地区与乌军展开激烈争夺。7月4日,普京祝贺在卢甘斯克取得的重大“胜利”,宣布完成“解放”卢甘斯克的军事行动。外界预计,俄军将继续在顿涅茨克推进。 

舆论认为,朝鲜承认乌东两个“共和国”并不让人惊讶。朝鲜曾在2014年表示支持克里米亚并入俄罗斯。 

近期,朝俄关系也日益密切。双方一系列互动显示出,两国有意在多个领域加强合作。 

据俄罗斯卫星通讯社报道,6月中旬,俄罗斯远东和北极发展部长切昆科夫与朝鲜驻俄罗斯大使申洪哲在圣彼得堡国际经济论坛举行视频会晤,讨论恢复和扩大两国因为疫情中断的经贸合作。 

据悉,双方提到要恢复俄朝之间经过哈桑-图们江过境点的铁路交通,并讨论进一步落实修建俄朝图们江跨境公路桥的问题。 

两国领导人的态度也耐人寻味。 

今年6月12日“俄罗斯日”当天,朝鲜劳动党总书记金正恩向普京发贺电,赞扬俄罗斯人民“在维护国家尊严和安全的正义事业上取得了重大成就”,克服了各种困难和问题。他说:“朝鲜人民对其给予充分的支持和认可。” 

金正恩还曾在5月9日俄罗斯卫国战争胜利纪念日发贺电,向俄罗斯表示支持,强调加强两国友好关系。 

对此,福克斯新闻此前称,金正恩的态度是朝俄关系不断深化的最新迹象。自俄乌冲突以来,两国关系似乎正在加强,并有可能转变为长期战略伙伴关系。还有分析称,俄乌冲突正在让俄朝走近,对两国来说,多拉一个朋友,就少一分孤立。 

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