“That’s what we came here for.” Putin meets Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Vladivostok, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Even before Kim Jong Un’s arrival, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to reporters at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East, where Russian space rockets are launched. One reporter asked whether Russia would help North Korea “launch its own satellites and missiles,” to which Putin replied, “That’s what we came for.”

– The leader of North Korea shows great interest in space, rockets and tries to develop space. We will show him our new facilities, Putin said.

Putin also said that “we will talk about all issues without rushing, there is time.” Referring to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s recent visit to North Korea, he said Shoigu and his North Korean counterparts “have talked a lot, we have a lot of questions.”

According to state news Russia 1, Kim and Putin are currently at the space center. The two leaders inspected the Angara space launch complex and visited the building where the launch vehicle is assembled and tested.

Strengthening cooperation

Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Kim Jong Un is “very important” and goes “well beyond a potential arms deal.”

US officials have warned that any potential arms deal could result in Pyongyang supplying Moscow with weapons for battlefield use against Ukraine.

“From North Korea’s perspective, this marks a return to real meaningful contact with Russia for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union,” Bolton told CNN.

– During the Cold War, North Korea played very well against China against the Soviet Union – he said, adding that after the fall of the Soviet Union, North Korea became increasingly dependent on China.

Source: Do Rzeczy