The West’s sanctions policy failed to curtail Russia’s military-industrial production, which actually ended up surging over the past 18 months as a result of clandestine procurement and the successful transition to a wartime economy. Moreover, whatever gaps still exist in production, material, and labor can conveniently be addressed by North Korea, thus adding crucial strategic context to Kim Jong Un’s visit earlier this week.
"They of course framed this a form of “slavery”..."
Yeah, like the Uighur concentration camps, no doubt... [Yawn!] All that wasted potential: can't they find a Yale graduate, like Navalny or someone like that, who can come up with something new, a little more interesting [snapping fingers] a bit more 'snappy'. Old hat gets so boring.
"... it could set the basis for importing more to work in that country’s military-industrial complex."
Yeah, that's it — something like that; now, there's a good idea — a rabbit out of a hat; that's the way to do it: keep 'em on the edge of their seats, keep 'em guessing, keep it alive! Good to see someone's on the ball. (Guess who!)
"...low-skilled foreign workers who don’t have to speak Russian to perform their jobs."
Oh, they'll learn Russian, alright; and they'll love it! Take my word for it: think, Виктор Цой! «Мягкое кресло, клетчатый плед, не нажатый вовремя курок.»
"‘I would venture a guess that in the following months we may see North Korean workers at construction sites and in the fields in Russia.’"
What a win-win-win — what a fantastic means of immigration! As Donald Trump says, 'They're gonna love it!' And they'll make such fantastic immigrants; again, think Victor Tsoi!
(And if you don't know who he was, I would suggest it might have been unwise for you to ever to let it enter your head that you know your enemy well enough to attack. Ooops!)
"...its international obligations won’t take precedence over national security needs."
About time somebody woke up to this no-brainer.
"...China won’t risk the threat of Western sanctions... ...but Russia has nothing to fear in this respect and is therefore open to a deal if he helps meet its needs too."
Wow, another win-win-win: think of it in terms of balancing poles (agains bi/trifurcation)— although it may not be as significant as India in terms of mass, North Korea punches far above its weight in military terms; indeed, it's thought to be something like an equivalent to Turkey. That's a big deal — a significant weight in the multi-polar balance. Actually, if you think of South Korea in terms of the coy economic vassal it is, in its own right it pales in significance to the Northern brother the Americans have encouraged it (like they inspired and encouraged the Ukrainians to do poo-poos in their own kitchen) to irritate and hurt all these decades. Isn't it funny how chickens come home to roost? Maybe it's something to do with the old British (Empire) divide-and-rule maxim? If it worked for India... And Pakistan... And Bangladesh... It's gotta work for the Americans, too, right?
"...Russia would be in the best possible position to launch another ground offensive..."
[to the tune of Al Jolson's 'California'] 'Western Ukraine here we come, right back where we started from...'
The only question in my mind is, 'Who's going to pay for the damage the Americans have done to the Ukraine?' And where the hell are they going to get all that money?
Think, 'Nord Stream'.