During his visit to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and North Korea pledged to help each other if either nation is attacked in a "breakthrough" new partnership. The parties signed a comprehensive agreement pact that includes a mutual defence clause.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described the agreement as "peaceful and defensive in nature." Putin said it did not rule out "the provision of mutual assistance in the event of aggression against one of the parties to this agreement."

After thousands of North Koreans chanted "Welcome Putin" as the Russian leader kicked off his first visit to North Korea in 24 years, the parties also signed agreements on constructing a border road bridge and cooperation on health, medical education and science.

Speaking after reportedly lengthy talks, Putin shared that the parties extensively discussed global affairs and that Moscow and Pyongyang stood together against politically motivated sanctions regimes.... Read More: i24