Kim restarts nuclear fight against the West at Putin’s palace

“The glory of Russia, which gave birth to the first conquerors of space, will be immortal,” Kim Jong Un said. Written in black and white in the guest book of the Vostochny cosmodrome, the symbol of Russia’s space ambitions, the North Korean leader uses few but firm words to praise relations between the two countries after a nearly two-hour meeting with the Kremlin. Leader Vladimir Putin said on September 13 that Russia in the city. Considering the international community’s concern about Pyongyang’s missile program, expressed in many United Nations Security Council resolutions and sanctions, we have not overlooked the meaning intended to be given to the meeting by the choice of venue. This situation is further strengthened by the fact that the intercontinental ballistic missile base Svobodny 18 is a few kilometers away from the Russian Vostochny base, which was open until 1993.

Kim came to Russia with a delegation accompanied by several military officials, including Korean People’s Army Marshal Pak Jong Chon and Ammunition Industry Department director Jo Chun Ryong. But there is also Pak Thae Song. Chairman of the Space Science and Technology Committee, and Admiral Kim Myong Sik are linked to Pyongyang’s efforts to develop spy satellites. Alongside the North Korean leader is his powerful younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is now one of the main figures on the North Korean political scene and a key advisor to Kim. The meeting between Putin and Kim took place a few hours after Ukraine’s missile attack on the Crimean city of Sevastopol, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

The Pyongyang dictator left North Korea for the first time since 2019 at a pivotal moment for the two countries’ international standing. On the one hand, North Korea is trying to develop and expand its military and nuclear program despite sanctions and economic difficulties; On the other hand, Russia, which is now isolated from the Western world after the war started in Ukraine. So Moscow looks east and finds a loyal friend.

“Possibilities” of military cooperation

For Putin, there are “possibilities” of military cooperation between Russia and North Korea. “Russia is a self-sufficient country, but there are opportunities that we pay attention to and discuss within the framework of existing rules,” the Kremlin leader said, emphasizing that Kim “shows great interest in missile engineering and they are trying to develop a space domain.” program”. In fact, this was one of the main themes of the meeting between the two leaders, which took place at the summit at the Vostochny cosmodrome, northwest of the Russian city of Vladivostok, not far from the Chinese border, before the launch of two ballistic missiles. They were dumped into the Sea of ​​Japan by North Korea. Seoul’ The missiles were launched from the Sunan base near the capital Pyongyang between 11.43 and 11.53 local time in Italy at night, according to the findings, and the two projectiles flew 650 kilometers before ending up at sea outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone zone, according to the Tokyo findings.

During a tour of the Vostochny facility, Kim showed himself to be a schoolboy who cares about grasping all the information necessary to develop his nuclear program. In fact, Moscow appears to be planning to assist Pyongyang in launching carrier rockets and placing artificial satellites into Earth orbit: the technology needed to carry out North Korea’s nuclear program, particularly submarines and satellites. Because the North Korean leader cannot handle the latest failure to launch his military spy satellite into orbit.

Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin visited the Tsiolkovsky spaceport (LaPresse)

North Korea has indeed made great progress in its nuclear program, despite years of sanctions encouraged by the United Nations and supported by Russia, but has achieved the worst results in its space program. Putin and Kim also discussed the possibility of sending a North Korean cosmonaut into space, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Peskov also said that the foreign ministers of the two countries will meet in North Korea next month.

Officially at least, the two leaders did not discuss the supply of Russian weapons to North Korea, and Putin merely said Moscow would help Pyongyang build and send satellites into space. It is unclear whether Russia would be willing to share such sensitive technology in exchange for a limited amount of North Korean munitions distributed by train across the two countries’ shared border. On the other hand, providing this technology to North Korea would constitute a violation of international sanctions imposed to prevent Pyongyang’s ability to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspect the Angara rocket launch pad during their meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome (LaPresse).

Russian tech’s offering may be worth the train ride from Pyongyang. That’s why the North Korean leader appeared before Putin with a rich offer: weapons. Russia, which has consumed a lot of military resources in the Ukraine conflict, is seeking new artillery for its armed forces, and North Korea could supply the ammunition Moscow is seeking, given its massive stockpiles.

There is another explanation for Putin’s courting of Kim. According to Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert at Kookmin University in Seoul, the meeting is part of Moscow’s “polite diplomatic blackmail” towards Seoul because Russia cannot stomach the supply of South Korean weapons (via Poland, because Seoul’s domestic policy dictates that it does so). blocking). sells weapons in active conflicts) to Ukraine.

Kim’s support for the war in Ukraine

During the meeting between the two leaders, Kim offered “full and unconditional” support for Russia’s “holy war” to defend its security interests, an indirect reference to the war in Ukraine, and said Pyongyang would side with Moscow in the war against Russia. He assured me that he would get it. imperialist front. An increasingly populous front where China, together with Russia, is promoting the new multipolar order looking towards developing countries and the global South. During a meeting with Putin at a space rocket launch base in Eastern Siberia, Kim said relations with Russia were North Korea’s “number one priority” for the North Korean leader. The two leaders also vowed to strengthen trade and political relations.

After his meeting with Putin, the North Korean leader left the Vestochny cosmodrome and headed towards Vladivostok. Who will witness the “show of talent” of the Russian Pacific Fleet here? Then the dictator will set out for the city of Komsomolsk on the Amur River, where factories for civilian and military production are located. There is no news from Moscow that Putin will make an imminent trip to Pyongyang: instead Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit North Korea in October. Most likely, Kim is anxiously awaiting the Kremlin leader’s trip to reinforce the friendship with weapons.

Source: Today IT