President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that Russia would offer assistance to North Korea in building satellites. When questioned about discussions regarding weapons supplies, Putin emphasized that he and Kim Jong Un would cover all topics during their meeting.
While interacting with reporters, Putin confirmed that Russia’s primary objective in the visit was to support Kim’s interest in rocket engineering and the development of space technology. In line with this commitment, Putin invited Kim to visit Russia’s modern space rocket launch site, the Vostochny Cosmodrome, situated near the Chinese border in eastern Russia.
Kim arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome via train on Tuesday, where Putin warmly greeted him and showcased the facilities. During their meeting, Putin extended his congratulations to Kim on several North Korean anniversaries, including the 75th anniversary of the country’s establishment in 1948.
The visit included a tour of the building where Russia assembles its new space launch rocket, the Angara, which can launch payloads into low Earth orbit. Throughout the tour, Kim engaged with Putin, posing numerous detailed questions.
While the United States has accused North Korea of supplying arms to Russia, it remains uncertain whether any actual deliveries have been made. Both Russia and North Korea have denied these allegations but have committed to further deepening their defense cooperation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in response to questions about weapons supplies discussions, explained that as neighboring states, Russia and North Korea engage in cooperation in sensitive areas that should not be publicly disclosed. Highlighting the natural nature of such cooperation between neighboring countries, Peskov emphasized the importance of maintaining confidentiality on certain matters.
Overall, Putin’s visit demonstrated Russia’s willingness to support North Korea in satellite development and foster cooperation in various areas of common interest between the two nations.