Bromance? Putin and Kim take on the world, critics fear Ukraine war has boosted alliance

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On Sunday, North Korean President Kim Jong Un sent a “warm” message to Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulating him on Russia’s National Day, a holiday that marks Russia’s independence from the USSR, according to both countries’ state news agencies. 

PUTIN, KIM JONG UN SHAKE HANDS AS RUSSIA HOSTS NORTH KOREAN LEADER

The Korean leader expressed “full support” to the Russian president, the “friendly” Moscow government, and the Russian people, praising Putin for his “leadership and great success in carrying out the just cause of protecting justice and his country’s dignity and security,” in an apparent reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Putin and Kim Jong Un’s relationship has become closer. (getty Images  |  istock)

Kim’s gesture on Sunday is the latest sign of a deepening relationship between the two countries, which view the United States as their mortal enemy and which both present a serious and deeply frightening nuclear threat to the United States. 

The ties between Kim and Putin have been growing for the past several years, but since Moscow launched its military offensive against Ukraine, the relationship appears to be strengthening and has the potential to turn

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