President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ​met with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in his first visit to the country in nearly a quarter-century on​ Wednesday, as the two autocrats vowed to build a joint front against ​the United States and ​deepen bilateral ties that Washington fears will include more arms trade.

Mr. Putin is the first major head of state to visit North Korea since the pandemic, highlighting ​its importance to Russia: It is one of the few​ like-minded countries…


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