Kim Jong Un visits Russian fighter aircraft plant, focuses on arms deal

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There is widespread concern in Seoul that in exchange for supplying ammunition, North Korea could receive advanced weapons technologies from Russia, including technology related to military spy satellites that stem from Kim Jong Un’s military nuclear program. Will increase the danger further.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during his extended visit to Russia, visited a fighter plane manufacturing factory and during this time he took a close look at the cockpit of the most modern Russian fighter plane, Su-57. Kim met Russian President Vladimir Putin after arriving in Russia on Tuesday in his armored train and visited several sites related to weapons and technology. Western countries have imposed many sanctions on Russia and North Korea and have isolated them. In such a situation, these two countries are deepening their relations.

Russian state media shared a video, which shows Kim’s armored train stopping at a station in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and shortly afterwards Kim’s convoy exited the station. After this, the Russian Cabinet released a video, in which Kim, standing on a stage, is seen looking closely at the cockpit of Russia’s most advanced fighter plane, Su-57, and listening to its pilot. According to the Russian Cabinet, Kim also visited a facility that produces Sukhoi SJ-100 passenger planes.

He told that during this time Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov was with him. “We showed the (North Korean) leader an aircraft that is among our main aircraft,” Manturov said in a statement. “We are looking at the possibility of cooperation in aircraft manufacturing and other industries that are technology-related,” Manturov said in a statement. It is especially important for our countries from the point of view of achieving sovereignty.” Putin told Russian media after the summit with Kim that the North Korean leader was expected to visit Russia’s Pacific Fleet, a university and other sites. Will go near Vladivostok. Putin on Friday briefed Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko about his summit with Kim.

During their meeting in the resort city of Sochi, Lukashenko suggested Belarus could join forces with Russia and North Korea in “trilateral cooperation.” This is Kim’s first foreign trip since April 2019. He then went to Vladivostok, where he met Putin for the first time. Kim’s previous visit was probably primarily to seek Russian help in recovering from the blow of US-led sanctions. Governments and experts in other countries are speculating that Kim will supply ammunition to Russia in exchange for advanced weapons or technology that it could use in the war in Ukraine. Asked whether Russia asked North Korea to send troops to fight alongside Russian troops in Ukraine, Putin dismissed it as “sheer nonsense”, according to Russian state media.

Putin reiterated that Russia would abide by UN sanctions, some of which ban the export or import of any weapons to North Korea. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said separately that no agreement on bilateral military cooperation was signed after the Putin-Kim meeting on Wednesday. Experts say North Korea is unlikely to take part in a Russia-Ukraine war, although it has publicly supported Moscow’s attack. But he says that North Korea and Russia will not publicly make any agreement on arms supply to avoid severe international criticism.

Asked whether Russia would help North Korea acquire a satellite, Putin said, “That’s what we’re here for.” (Kim has) shown a keen interest in rocket technology. They are also trying to develop space science.” Since last year, the US has been accusing North Korea of ​​providing ammunition, cannon balls and rockets to Russia. South Korean officials said North Korean weapons provided to Russia had already been used in Ukraine. Security advisers from the US, South Korea and Japan spoke by phone on Thursday and expressed “serious concerns” about possible arms deals between Russia and North Korea, South Korea’s presidential office said.

South Korea’s presidential office said Russia and North Korea have been warned that they will have to “pay a price” if they enter into such an agreement. There is widespread concern in Seoul that in exchange for supplying ammunition, North Korea could receive advanced weapons technologies from Russia, including technology related to military spy satellites that stem from Kim Jong Un’s military nuclear program. Will increase the danger further.

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