Just last week, the world was treated to yet another fast one pulled by the North Korean government, which, as we’ve been accustomed to, is always at odds with and seeks ways to intimidate it’s immediate neighbor, South Korea, and the United States. Last week, North Korea conducted another test of a hydrogen bomb, and that act isn’t going down so well with the international community. Various world leaders have since come forward to condemn the act, which has been swiftly and very contemptuously branded as very hostile and extremely provocative. The latest of the leaders to join the band wagon of condemnation against the impoverished nation are the two most people leaders on the planet: The US President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
With the recent developments in the Middle-East, it’s probably hard to imagine the two leaders joining hands in a common course, but then it seems that they’re both deeply concerned by North Korea’s continued disregard of International law. In fact, the United Nations is about to decided to impose more sanctions on the already hard-hit country, with famine killing its citizens in the thousands and Kim Jung Un ruling with an Iron fist just like his late father.
On Wednesday, Obama and Putin called for a strong reaction to North Korea’s nuclear test, even though they too have their differences over what’s happening in Syria and Ukraine. Speaking in a phone call, the two leaders touched on what should be done to diffuse the rising tensions in Eastern Ukraine, with the US President calling for Russia to hold its end of the deal as laid out in the ceasefire agreement, while Putin sought to push the Ukrainian government to meet its obligations under the same agreement.
They also talked about the Syrian situation, where the US has been voicing concerns against Russia’s support of the Bashar Al-Assad and its continued bombing of rebel positions as Putin seeks to shore up Assad’s military and negotiating position ahead of peace talks. The Syrian troops have had some real trouble holding out against the rebels who had pushed into as far as the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, but Russia’s entry into the civil war now seems to tip the military balance in Assad’s favor - as the US-backed rebels give up their bastions under pressure from Russian-supported government troops. However, Obama and Putin seemed to agree in support of UN’s efforts to end the civil war and contain the refugee crisis in Syria.
Again, on North Korea, Putin and Obama strongly agree that if ever the North’s claims of testing a hydrogen bomb were to be true, then the international community needs to respond strongly to the highly provocative act. South Korea, the North’s arch-foe, has been very angered by the test, while the US has cast doubt on the claimed test. However, the US has said that whatever the test was about was provocative. Moscow described Wednesday’s talk between the two powerful leaders as “business-like and very frank.”