North Korea expresses support for Moscow over mutiny

North Korea offered its full support for Russia in dealing with a recent mutiny, state media reported Sunday.At a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora, North Korea’s vice foreign minister Im Chon Il “expressed firm belief that the recent armed rebellion in Russia would be successfully put down”, the official Korean Central News Agency said.Heavily armed Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group pulled back after advancing most of the way to Moscow this weekend, easing Russia’s most serious security crisis in decades.

Im added that the “strong Russian army and people would surely overcome trials and ordeals and heroically emerge victorious in the special military operation against Ukraine”, it added,

It is the latest message of support from Pyongyang to Moscow since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, which it has described as a US “proxy war” to destroy Russia.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has long held the line against increasing pressure on North Korea, which is under wide-ranging UN and Western sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.