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North Korea reaching out to new technology source

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il

Following in the footsteps of its strategic friend Iran, North Korea is looking to cultivate trade, including military assistance, with another friend of the Islamic republic, Brazil, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The move by North Korea to step beyond Asia and look to Latin America’s largest country for increased trade could give the hermit state greater access to Western technologies that it cannot receive now due to sanctions.

Until that happened, North Korea, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, was focused on commercial relations with China, which remains the nation’s biggest partner with two-way trade estimated at $2.7 billion last year.

Relations between North Korea and Brazil have become increasingly warm since Brazil’s leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Sila, was elected in January 2003.

North Korea’s outreach to Brazil also mirrors the example of another Asian country, China, which has encouraged the relationship. China is actively extending its own relations with Latin American countries.

North Korea’s interest in Brazil goes back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when the DPRK provided financial and military assistance to a number of leftist Brazilian groups.

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