President Vladimir Putin of Russia has expressed his willingness to assist North Korea in launching satellites during a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Vostochny Cosmodrome space station in Russia’s Far East. The two leaders discussed various issues, including the possibility of North Korea supplying weapons and ammunition to Russia. Kim Jong Un also expressed his full support for Russia in its ongoing conflict with Western powers.
During the meeting, Kim Jong Un highlighted the importance of further developing the friendship and ties between North Korea and Russia. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet at a space launch facility, which he described as the heart of Russia’s position as a space superpower. Kim also assured President Putin of his support in Russia’s fight against what he referred to as “hegemonic forces.”
The summit between Russia and North Korea is being closely monitored by the United States and its allies, who have concerns about potential arms and defense technology trade between the two countries. However, both Russia and North Korea have denied any intention to engage in such activities.
The choice of the Vostochny Cosmodrome as the location for the meeting is significant, as North Korea has previously failed to launch reconnaissance satellites from there. Kim Jong Un has made the launch of a spy satellite a top priority, as well as emphasizing the development of ballistic missiles, drones, and attack submarines.
Before the summit, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, marking the first such launch while Kim was abroad. This demonstration of increased delegation and refined control systems for North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs suggests the country’s growing capabilities.
Following the meeting, Putin and Kim enjoyed a lunch of crab dumplings, sturgeon, and beef with Russian wine. Kim proposed a toast to Putin’s health and expressed confidence in Russia’s ability to triumph over “evil.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that military cooperation between Russia and North Korea is not targeted at other countries and called for no concern regarding their ties.
The visit by Kim Jong Un to Russia highlights the strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries. Defense industry cooperation is expected to be a key focus of their agenda. While South Korea and the United States have warned against violating UN Security Council resolutions with any potential deal, Russia continues to expand its ties with North Korea.