Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
North Korea Receives Technological Assistance from Russia for Its Space Ambitions

North Korea’s space ambitions may receive a boost as Russia has expressed its commitment to providing technological assistance in launching the country’s satellites.

In a meeting held at Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia’s main spaceport, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un discussed increased cooperation between the two nations. Russia offered its support to North Korea’s space program during the meeting.

When questioned about the possibility of Russia assisting North Korea in building its satellites, Putin emphasized the purpose of the meeting at the Russian spaceport was to collaborate on future launches. Putin stated, “The leader of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] shows great interest in rocket engineering; they are also trying to develop space.”

Kim Jong Un aims to develop military reconnaissance satellites that he considers crucial to strengthen the threat of his nuclear-capable missiles, according to reports. In exchange for Russia’s assistance, North Korea has pledged its support to Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

It is worth noting that North Korea has faced challenges in its satellite launch attempts. The country’s recent failed attempts demonstrate the difficulties it has encountered in this field. The launch in May, which was deemed a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, marked the sixth attempt by North Korea in six years. Currently, North Korea has two satellites in orbit, neither of which are spy satellites.

The collaboration between Russia and North Korea in the realm of space technology showcases the increasing interest and efforts of both countries to advance their capabilities in this field.

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