North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Current Affairs - 2020

Russia awards North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal

On May 5, 2020, the Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the North Korean leader a commemorative war medal. The medal has been awarded to mark the 75th anniversary of victory over Nazi

Highlights

The award was received by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri-Son-Gwon on behalf of Kim. Kim was awarded with the medal for preserving the memory of soviet soldiers that died during World War II in the North Korean territory.

Russia-North Korea

In 1948, diplomatic relations were established between Soviet Union and North Korea. During Korean War, the Soviet military forces supported Korean People’s Army. North Korea was established as communist bloc gaining maximum support from Russia.

Russia and North Korea share a border along the lower Tumen river.

History of North Korea

The beginning of history of North Korea dates to the end of World War II. After the Japanese surrendered, Soviet Union and USA agreed to split Korea as North Korea and South Korea. The North Korea aligned with Soviet and formed Democratic People’s republic of Korea. The South Korea aligned with western allies and formed Republic of Korea.

Irritants between the countries

Though the trade relations and military relations between Russia and North Korea is on the good will, Russia has been lately condemning Nuclear aspirations of North Korea. In 2016, following nuclear tests of North Korea, Russia supported decisions of United Nations Security council.

North Korea test fires anti-ship missiles

On April 14, 2020, North Korea test fired anti-ship cruise missiles as a part of military exercises. The missiles were of short range and test fired into the sea.

Highlights

The missiles were test fired to celebrate the birth anniversary of Kim II Sung. He was the grand father of the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

About the missile

The missiles were capable of travelling 150 kilometres. According to the South Korean officials, multiple missiles were test fired. The South Korea also reports that there has been increase in the air force activities of the country lately. The missiles were fired by Sukhoi jets.

Sukhoi

The Sukhoi are supersonic fighter jets that were invented by the Soviet Union in 1955. Indian Air Force used the Sukhoi aircrafts extensively during 1971 Pakistan war. These aircrafts are currently being used by Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, India. Poland, Syria and Soviet Union.