NORTH KOREA - Diplomacy with Iran

K. Farmer

A high-level North Korean economic delegation was on its way to Iran, the North’s state media said, for what would be the two countries’ first known talks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Embracing the idea of a “new Cold War,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pushing to build up cooperation with countries confronting the United States, as his intensified weapons tests prompted the U.S. and South Korea to expand their military drills.

Pyongyang and Tehran are among the few governments in the world that support Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and both have been accused of providing Russia with military equipment.

North Korea has made efforts for months to boost the visibility of its ties with Russia and China as Kim attempts to break out of diplomatic isolation and join a united front against the U.S.

In 2023, Kim visited Russia’s Far East for a rare summit with Putin, which highlighted the countries’ expanding military cooperation, including the North’s alleged transfers of artillery shells, missiles, and other munitions to Russia.

Earlier, Kim hosted top Chinese official Zhao Leji, who heads the ceremonial parliament and ranks third in the ruling Communist Party hierarchy. It was the highest-level meeting between the countries in years.

-abcnews.go.com, 24 April 2024

Commentary

North Korea, one of the most isolated countries in the world, is now seeking friendship with nations deemed hostile to the West. As the US, South Korea, and Japan have formed a more united front in confronting North Korea’s military actions, leader Kim Jong Un has decided to beef up his resistance by engaging with Iran, as well as Russia and China.

Although at the moment, things seem tense—and occasionally brim over into war, as in the case of Ukraine—the fact that even North Korea is slowly coming out of its shell bodes of a future in which economic and military partnership between countries will lead to all worshiping the Antichrist, while remaining sovereign nations. As Revelation 17:12 says, “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” -By K. Farmer

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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