North Korean Airline Makes First International Flight Since COVID

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    The Facts

    • On Tuesday, North Korea completed its first international commercial flight since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in 2020.

    • Air Koryo's flight JS151 left Pyongyang in the morning and landed in Beijing at 9:16 a.m. local time. It's unknown how many passengers the flight was carrying.


    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    North Korea and China's bond is strong with a deep history of resisting US aggression in the region. Both Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping wish to continue to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the two nations, consolidating friendships, strengthening exchanges, and offering mutual cooperation.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    China, Russia, and North Korea are worryingly closer than the world has witnessed in years. The US must act quicker and more decisively to halt this multipolar direction in international relations. If the US fails to attain its foreign policy goals with its allies, the power of a "quasi-triple alliance" will only continue to grow.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 13% chance that North Korea and South Korea will be recognized as a sovereign, unified state by 2045, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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