2. Russia – Despite Kim Jong-un’s proclamation that he has the ability to target anywhere in the world with his countries nuclear-capable missiles, perhaps one of his biggest allies will be Russia. Even though Russia and President Trump have a very solid relationship, both Russia and the United States find their countries are more distant than the end of the Cold War. Despite the back-and-forth between Kim Jong-un’ and President Trump, Moscow has remained basically silent about the current situation. North Korea and Russia share a small border, and have enjoyed a year of friendship that only deepened their political and economic ties. Moscow has already agreed to write off $10 billion of Kim Jong-un’s and North Korea’s Soviet-era debt.
3. Benin – The relationship between North Korea and Benin is stronger than many realize. Benin used to be a communist state that had deep ties with North Korea, and today the two countries feel they have a very solid relationship. North Korea media still promotes the declaration of then Benin President, Thomas Boni, stating how the relationship between Benin and North Korea is one of tradition and friendship.
4. Bulgaria – The relationship between North Korea and Bulgaria dates back to 1948, and when under communist rule, a bilateral cooperation agreement alliance was signed. Even though Bulgaria is Kim Jong-un’s only alliance in all of Europe, it is a very solid one. Despite Bulgaria pulling back on the number of staff in the North Korean embassy, they share a relationship that is decades in the making and would certainly want to remain that way if a war with the United States was to unfold.