Kim Jong Un concludes Russia trip
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way home after concluding a six-day trip to Russia's Far East. 
Kim Jong Un concludes Russia trip

Kim Jong Un concludes Russia trip

Photo: AFP/Kremlin Press Office
Eurasia 17/09/2023 18:37

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way home after concluding a six-day trip to Russia's Far East. 

Kim Jong Un has left the station Artyom-Primorsky 1 in Russia's Primorye Region in the direction of the border check point Khasan in the region’s south, TASS reported on Sunday.

According to the Russian news agency, Kim Jong Un arrived in Primorye early on Saturday. He visited the Knevichi airport where he was met by Russian Defense Ministry Sergey Shoigu. They got familiar with modern operational-tactical aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. While in Vladivostok, Kim also inspected the Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate and its armaments such as the Uran anti-ship missile systems and the Kalibr multi-purpose cruise missile systems, as well as the A-190 100mm automatic artillery system.

Kim Jong Un and Sergey Shoigu exchanged views on regional and international military and political circumstances and exchanged constructive views on issues related to continued strengthening of tactical and strategic interaction, TASS reported, citing Voice of Korea.

During his visit to Vladivostok, Kim Jong Un said that the Russian Pacific Fleet helps to ensure peace and security in the Northeast Asian region and across the world, according to Voice of Korea.

On Friday, the North Korean Leader visited the Yuri Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant (KnAAZ) in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. According to TASS, the city has two major aircraft building plants - the KnAAZ plant (branch of Sukhoi aircraft maker) and a production facility of the Yakovlev corporation (previously known as Irkut). Both are part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia. KnAAZ is manufacturing advanced warplanes for the Russian Defense Ministry, including Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets. Together with the Yakovlev branch, it is running a civil aviation project to produce Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes. The  Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim Jong Un was deeply impressed by Russia's modern aviation technologies and its production capabilities.
Photo: AFP/Vladimir Smirnov

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a more than five-hour-long meeting at the Vostochny Spaceport on Wednesday, their first summit in four years. Vostochny is Russia's first civilian spaceport. It is located in the Amur Region near the town of Tsiolkovsky. After a tour of the spaceport, Putin and Kim embarked on their talks. They held talks that involved broader delegations from the two countries and also spoke one-on-one. At the meeting that included the delegations, the Russian president said he was very pleased to receive the DPRK leader, and also recalled several dates that are memorable for both countries, such as the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). He also invited his vis-a-vis to discuss economic interaction, humanitarian issues and the situation in the region.

The agenda of the talks included issues of economic and humanitarian cooperation, the situation in the region as well as many other topics. 

Kim Jong Un has said that he is ready to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a "100-year plan" of building stable relations between the two countries, KCNA reported. "The historical meeting and talks" between Kim and Putin are a "landmark event" which strengthens strategic relations between Russia and North Korea and "inspires fair anti-imperialism struggle," the news agency added.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that contacts between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un have ceased to be a sensation and have become a tradition. "There is no sensation in this, because we have repeatedly said - North Korea is our closest neighbour. And of course we are interested in establishing and developing relations with our closest neighbours in all areas," the spokesman pointed out.

Referring to speculations, Peskov stated that Russia and North Korea did not sign any bilateral agreements, including on military-technical cooperation. "No agreements were signed on this issue or on other issues and there were no such plans," Peskov told journalists.

Photo: AFP/Mikhail Metzel
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