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Risky Liaisons: What North Korea Weaponizing Russia Means for the World Order


Amid the intense global focus on the Russia-Ukraine war, another undercurrent is simmering: North Korea might be providing Russia with weapons, a move that could reshape international dynamics and heighten global tensions. This was confirmed when Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor, made it clear that North Korea would “pay a price” if it decided to arm Russia.

Let’s think about the optics here. Russia, a nation that has long been considered a global power, is apparently in need of North Korean armament for its military operation in Ukraine. According to Sullivan, the fact that Russia is turning to North Korea “says a lot” about its current standing. What does it say about the efficacy of Russia’s war effort if it’s looking to arm itself from a nation that has been largely ostracized by the international community?

Recent reports suggest that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has already visited Pyongyang, ostensibly to persuade North Korea to part with some much-needed ammunition. It’s alarming to think about what North Korea stands to gain in return, especially when sources indicate Kim Jong Un is interested in Russian technology relating to nuclear submarines and satellites. Not to mention, North Korea has been looking for ways to alleviate its ongoing food crisis. Could Russia be the answer to Kim’s domestic woes?

This isn’t just an issue of international politics; it’s a question of global security. Remember, the U.S. has already approved more than $110 billion in aid to Ukraine. America has a vested interest in seeing the region stabilize, especially considering the risk posed by an increasingly unpredictable Russia.

Sullivan asserts that North Korea would “pay a price in the international community” for their alliance with Russia. But let’s not forget the Biden administration’s history of enforcing consequences. A volley of sanctions was issued in the past when similar intelligence about possible arms deals circulated, yet here we are, discussing the very same issue. So, how effective can we expect future sanctions to be?

Conservative values underline the importance of maintaining a strong foreign policy stance to protect national interests and uphold international laws. The White House needs to do more than issue stern warnings; it needs to act decisively to prevent North Korea and Russia from engaging in a potentially catastrophic alliance. The clock is ticking, and if these countries manage to formalize their weapons negotiations, the implications could be far-reaching, not just for Ukraine, but for the balance of global power.

With this in mind, it’s crucial for the United States to not just act as a check against these dangerous liaisons but to assert itself as a proactive force in shaping a world order that aligns with democratic ideals and international laws. It’s not enough to respond; we must anticipate, plan, and act. After all, in the game of global politics, defense alone rarely wins championships.

Alexandra Russel
Alexandra Russel
Highly respected journalist and political commentator with over a decade of experience in the industry. Alex was born and raised in Florida, where she developed a passion for writing at a young age, leading her to pursue a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. After graduation, she worked as a political reporter for several local and national publications before being appointed as the chief editor at Conservative Fix.

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