Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a significant meeting at Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, indicating Moscow’s willingness to assist North Korea in satellite development.
During the encounter, Putin mentioned North Korea’s interest in rocket technology and space program development, underscoring the collaborative possibilities in this domain.
The two leaders convened for rare discussions, focusing on topics such as “trade ties” and “international affairs” at the spaceport. Kim Jong Un arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome via train earlier on the same day.
Both Putin and Kim toured the Vostochny Cosmodrome, exploring rocket assembly and launch sites. When asked about the potential for military cooperation, Putin emphasized that discussions would be thorough and not rushed.
Kim Jong Un was accompanied by high-ranking North Korean officials, including Korean People’s Army Marshal Pak Jong Chon and Munitions Industry Department Director Jo Chun Ryong.
Interestingly, a North Korean defector suggested that Russia seeks North Korea’s artillery shells, and in return, Russia may provide Pyongyang with satellite technology and upgrades for its aging Soviet-era military equipment. This meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome serves as a platform for exploring various avenues of cooperation between the two nations.