On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returned to his country after his 6-day trip to Russia. This trip, which ended with a significant uproar, has created global concern over the potential agreement on nuclear arms transfer between these two countries, which have been involved in a long-standing dispute.
Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, returned to his country from the Primorye region in eastern Russia on a specially-equipped train. The Russian state media agency RIA reported that before his departure, arrangements were made for a farewell ceremony at the railway station in Kim’s honor.
Kim’s visit to Russia marked his first foreign trip in nearly four years. During the visit, he met with President Vladimir Putin and inspected important military and technological facilities. At the beginning of the day on Sunday, he was seen in a relaxed mood, visiting a university and enjoying an exhibition at a Russian aquarium.
This week, there have been indications from Kim’s visit to military and technology installations that he is interested in acquiring these tools from Russia. It is highly likely that, in exchange, he will supply Putin with ballistic missiles. Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the dwindling supply of Russian ballistic missiles, North Korea seeks to fill this gap.
Kim’s meeting with Putin took place at Russia’s main space center. This location, chosen for the summit, signals North Korea’s desire for Russian assistance in its space-based espionage activities and ownership of advanced technology and missile weaponry.
Experts believe that potential military cooperation between these two nations could include the modernization of North Korea’s air force, which relies on Soviet-era fighter jets dating back to the Cold War era.
Source: Voice of America