North Korean leader arrives in Vladivostok for talks with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia early this morning for talks with Vladimir Putin, following the invitation of the Russian president.
Arriving in Russia, Kim stepped off his train to meet local officials at the Russian border station of Hassan, a small settlement in the Russian Far East where the borders of Russia, China and North Korea converge.
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He then left for Vladivostok, where will have a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forumthe 8th Eastern Economic Forum attended by 7 thousand delegates from nearly 50 countries including China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and others.
Videos broadcast by Russian media showed the green carriages of his luxury train and a Russian Railways locomotive arriving at the station.
Kim Yong Un’s arrival in Vladivostok is a logical development of Russia’s transformation into a North Korea or Iran-like state. The theatrics of the meeting are negligible. Everything has been arranged already. Russia needs ammunition and Kim’s slave state has some to spare,… pic.twitter.com/pAp99mRiiX
— (((Tendar))) (@Tendar) September 12, 2023
The second meeting in 4 years – Anxiety in the West
In 2019, Kim Jong Un had visited Vladivostok again to meet Putin again, after the failed talks he had with then US President Donald Trump on North Korea’s denuclearization.
The West does not hide its strong concern about the “advanced” – as they are characterized – negotiations between the two leaders to supply Moscow with weapons in the Ukraine war.
According to the White House, negotiations between Moscow and Pyongyang for the supply of armaments are actively proceeding, while the representative of the National Security Council, John Kirby, underlines that the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, tried last July to convince North Korea to to supply Russia with weapons when he recently visited the country himself.
According to analysts, Moscow is in need of armaments and is likely to turn to Pyongyang for conventional weapons including artillery shells and missiles. At the same time, North Korea could receive in return grain, oil and military technology, including nuclear-powered submarines and military reconnaissance satellites.
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