During his diplomatic visit to Pyongyang on the 1st of June, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who immediately clicked over their mutual interests of developing a better relationship between the two neighbouring countries. Kim Jong Un complained about the relationship between the United States and North Korea to Lavrov, accusing the former country of preaching their hegemony – something which did not agree with him and his allies at all.
The North Korean leader expressed his extreme distaste towards the US hegemony to Sergei Lavrov at a very sensitive time, considering the fact that a senior North Korean official was present in New York with diplomatic intentions of speaking with Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State at the exact same moment. Nevertheless, North Korea has previously made more aggressive comments against the States which had even risen to the point of both the countries threatening nuclear attacks upon each other. Lavrov, however, had utilized the moment of mutual understanding as a way of inviting Kim Jong Un for a summit in Russia. Sergei had previously relayed President Putin’s best wishes and warmest regards towards Kim’s ‘big endeavours’, and confirmed Russian support towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Jong Un also commented to Lavrov that despite having successful diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and trying to reach out to American President Donald Trump, North Korea had never established bilateral ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim Jong Un had therefore expressed his willingness towards exchanging deeper and more important opinions with President Putin, and taking the extra step to establish powerful bilateral ties between Russia and North Korea.