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North Korea, Russia exploring mutual need for a friend
North Korea, Russia exploring mutual need for a friend

Hermetic North Korea dispatched a senior political figure to Russia for a weeklong visit aimed at shoring up economic and political ties between two countries snubbed by much of the rest of the world. Choe Ryong Hae, a top official of the ruling North Korean Workers' Party, arrived in Moscow on Monday and had plans to visit the far eastern Russian cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk to discuss trade and projects, the Korean Central News Agency and Russia's Tass reported. China has long been North Korea's closest ally, geographically as well as ideologically, but ties have been strained after three nuclear tests by Pyongyang in defiance of international agreements and...

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