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  • North Korea continues its mysterious ways. It appears Pyongyang is improving its relations

  • with Russia... while allowing their relations its oldest and closest ally China turn sour.

  • Connie Kim reports. Amid heightened tensions between North Korea

  • and its closest ally China, ties between Pyongyang and Moscow appear to be improving.

  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev and North Korea's Foreign Trade minister struck

  • an agreement on trade and economic cooperation last week during a three-day visit to Pyongyang

  • by the Russian diplomat.

  • "During the meeting, North Korea and Russia exchanged views on how the two countries could

  • strengthen economic cooperation."

  • Moscow also gave the isolated nation an unspecified number of fire engines, calling it a warm

  • gesture.

  • The Russian parliament agreed to write off almost 10-billion U.S. dollars of the debt

  • North Korea has owed to Moscow since the Cold War era.

  • Experts say the two countries could benefit from new projects in the North, with the secluded

  • state potentially using the money to invest in a proposed Russian gas pipeline and railway

  • into the South, and Russia expanding its influence to Asia.

  • At the same time, relations between North Korea and China appear to have hit a low point.

  • Trade between two countries dropped by more than two-percent to about 1-point-2 billion

  • U.S. dollars in the first quarter of this year.

  • China had zero oil exports to the isolated nation in the period from January to March,

  • a significant drop from the 170-million U.S. dollars in the same period last year.

  • And Beijing lashed out at Pyongyang last month, warning the isolated nation to refrain from

  • pursuing its nuclear ambition.

  • "It seems like North Korea is diversifying its strategy for economic development by moving

  • away from an overdependence on China and toward great cooperation with Russia, which also

  • puts pressure on its neighbor."

  • However, as Beijing takes up almost 90-percent of Pyongyang's foreign trade, the success

  • of North Korea's new strategy remains to be seen.

  • Connie Kim, Arirang News.

North Korea continues its mysterious ways. It appears Pyongyang is improving its relations

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North Korea Russia ties improve as North Korea China ties deteriorate

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    richardwang posted on 2014/05/05
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