- The conflict in Ukraine is the “sacred fight” that Russia is engaged in to defend its security interests.
- The two leaders then had separate meetings with each other and their delegations.
- Putin sees the meeting with Kim as a chance to replenish the munitions stocks that the 18-month conflict has depleted.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country will give the Ukrainian war its “full and unconditional support” in order to protect its security interests. The conflict in Ukraine is the “sacred fight” that Russia is fighting to protect its security interests.
Kim also stated that North Korea’s relations with Russia are “the priority.” The conference, which took place at a remote Siberian rocket launch facility, showed how the leaders’ interests were converging in the face of distinct but escalating disputes with the US on the part of their respective nations.
Kim promises to support Russia
Economic cooperation, humanitarian concerns, and the “situation in the region” were among the topics on Putin’s agenda when he welcomed Kim to Russia.
The meeting started with a visit to a Soyuz-2 space rocket launch facility at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the most significant domestic satellite launch site in Russia. The two leaders then had separate meetings with each other and their delegations.
Kim has stated that developing military observation satellites is essential to improving the danger posed by his nuclear-capable missiles, thus he may be looking to Russia for technical support in this endeavor. Kim has chosen to meet at the Cosmodrome. North Korea has repeatedly failed to launch its first military spy satellite into orbit in recent months.
Kim was accompanied by Pak Thae Song, the head of North Korea’s committee for space science and technology, and Navy Adm. Kim Myong Sik, both of whom are involved in the country’s efforts to obtain spy satellites and ballistic missile submarines with nuclear warheads.
Putin sees the meeting with Kim as a chance to replenish the munitions stocks that the 18-month conflict has depleted. Tens of millions of outdated rockets and artillery shells with Soviet-inspired designs could be found in North Korea and could provide a significant advantage for the Russian army in Ukraine.
Speaking on behalf of the South Korean Foreign Ministry, Lim Soo-suk said that while Seoul was closely monitoring Kim’s visit, it was still in contact with Moscow.
No U.N. member state should transgress Security Council restrictions on North Korea by engaging in an illicit arms trade, and it is unquestionably forbidden to cooperate militarily with North Korea in a way that jeopardizes world peace and stability.