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Putin travels to North Korea: How Russia’s alliance with Kim Jong-un keeps the US and its allies on alert

Putin travels to North Korea: How Russia’s alliance with Kim Jong-un keeps the US and its allies on alert

Putin travels to North Korea: How Russia’s alliance with Kim Jong-un keeps the US and its allies on alert

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putincome to North Korea this Tuesday for a two-day visit in which he will be received by the leader Kim Jong Un. This is his first trip to the Asian country in more than 20 years. Furthermore, it is the latest sign that the alliance between the two nations is at one of its best moments, which generates concern in the West because the ongoing war Ukraine and Moscow’s need for weapons take a backseat.

The official Central News Agency of North Korea I say that put on will make a state visit on June 18th and 19th at the invitation of leader Kim. North Korean state media did not provide details of the meeting. Russia confirmed the “friendly” visit in a simultaneously published ad.

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“A lot of time will be dedicated to informal contacts between the two leaders, as during these negotiations, which may be joined by other members of the delegations, the most important and most sensitive issues will be addressed”, said Yuri Ushakov, international advisor to the Kremlin, Interfax agency reported.

Putin and Kim visit the Vostochny cosmodrome, in the Amur region, on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Mikhail Metzel/AFP). (MIKHAIL METZEL/)

Ushakov emphasized that between put on It is Kim There will be an “in-person” meeting, but there will also be meetings in different formats, as the Russian delegation includes Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Andrei Beloúsov, among other senior officials from government and state corporations such as the Roscosmos space agency.

In a recent message, Kim said he has an “unbreakable relationship of comrades-in-arms” with Putin.

“Our people offer full support and solidarity to the successful work of the Russian army and people,” Kim said.according to the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

For its part, the Kremlin stated that Russia hopes to build partnership with North Korea “in all possible areas”according to Russian state media.

In September 2023, Kim made a historic visit to Russia, where he was received by Putin. At that time, the North Korean leader stated that ties with Moscow are North Korea’s “number one priority”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives at the Khasan railway station in the Primorky region at the start of his official visit to Russia on September 12, 2023. (Photo by Handout / RUSSIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY / AFP )

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives at the Khasan railway station in the Primorky region at the start of his official visit to Russia on September 12, 2023. (Photo by Handout / RUSSIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY / AFP ) (STR/)

Kim arrived in Russia in his armored train. Among the activities he developed, highlights include visits to a factory that produces combat aircraft and to a rocket launch facility.

After Kim’s trip, The United States, South Korea and other Western countries have accused Kim’s regime of providing substantial military aid to Russia., while observers expressed concern that Moscow may be violating international sanctions against Pyongyang to end its weapons program. Both nations have assured that the allegations are not true.

Kim Jong-il and Vladimir Putin shake hands in Pyongyang on July 19, 2000. (Creative Commons).

Kim Jong-il and Vladimir Putin shake hands in Pyongyang on July 19, 2000. (Creative Commons). (Itar-Tass/)

Putin first visited North Korea in July 2000.months after his first election, when he met with Kim Jong-il, who governed the country at the time.

In recent years, Kim Jong-un has grown closer to Putin. The North Korean leader withdrew from talks with the United States after the failed summit he held in 2019 in Hanoi with the then American president donald trump and began to strengthen ties with Russia.

After the invasion of Ukraine In February 2022, Western countries applied harsh economic sanctions to Russia. This, together with the prolongation of the war, caused Moscow to start needing more and more ammunition, something you could get in North Korea. In turn, Pyongyang wanted to leave behind the international isolation that was seriously affecting its economy.

Putin and Kim at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Vladimir SMIRNOV/AFP).

Putin and Kim at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Vladimir SMIRNOV/AFP). (VLADIMIR SMIRNOV/)

According to The Economist, When Kim and Putin meet again, munitions will be the main item on the agenda.

According to American and South Korean authorities consulted by the magazine, since September last year North Korea sent to Russia by sea and rail around 11 thousand containers full of weapons.

The shipments include artillery shells (up to about 5 million rounds, according to South Korea) as well as Hwasong-11 class ballistic missiles, which have been linked to dozens of deaths in Ukraine.

South Korea speculated that, in return, Russia had sent North Korea at least 9,000 containers. Although the contents are not known, according to Seoul what Kim needs are blueprints for nuclear weapons, vehicles for intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as technology related to satellites, submarines and hypersonic weapons. Russia could also supply Pyongyang with spare parts for more modern planes, ships and air defenses, notes The Economist.

It is also likely that he sent food and fuel.

What South Korean authorities are sure of is that Russia has not yet transferred sensitive military technology to North Korea related to ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons.

At this point, The Economist highlights that Russia has enough influence to get what he needs without being forced to give up his most advanced and sensitive technology to Kim.

“North Korea is not satisfied with the scope and depth of military cooperation with Russia,” said a former South Korean official who recently participated in a dialogue with Russian and North Korean participants, according to The Economist, which noted that as Russia’s weapons production increases, its need for North Korean projectiles could decrease.

In turn, Andrei Lankov, specialist in North Korea from Kookmin University in Seoul, told the AP agency that although Russia could be reluctant to share its cutting-edge military technologies with North Korea, is eager to receive ammunition from Pyongyang. “There is never enough ammunition in a war, there is a great demand for it.”

It should be noted that any arms trade with North Korea would be a violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions that Russiapermanent member of United Nations Security Councilendorsed in the past.

Putin and Kim exchange gifts after lectures on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University, in Vladivostok, on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP).

Putin and Kim exchange gifts after lectures on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University, in Vladivostok, on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP). (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/)

The Associated Press reported on Monday that there were signs that Kim was preparing to throw a lavish reception for Putin. NK News noted that its analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that North Korea Possibly he is preparing a large parade in a square in Pyongyang.

With regard to the historical ties between the two nations, it is necessary to remember that in August 1945, at the end of the Second World WarThe Soviet Union liberated the north of the Korean Peninsula, which had been occupied by Japan since 1910.

Since Korean War Between 1950 and 1953, which ended with an armistice and the de facto separation of the Korean peninsula into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Pyongyang maintained a conflictual relationship with the United States. , which supported Seoul, CNN noted.

The USSR supported North Korea in the Korean War, although without directly participating. The good relationship was maintained during the Cold War, but without reaching the level of close ties that Pyongyang has with Beijing.

At the military level, North Korea operates with equipment of Soviet origin or design.

In 2006, North Korea successfully conducted its first nuclear test., as the culmination of the development of its clandestine nuclear weapons program. This fact, in addition to generating concern in the West, also caused suspicion among its allies China and Russia.

That year, the United States presented draft resolution 1695 to the UN Security Council, which condemned missile tests in North Korea and prohibited the sale of material that could contribute to its development. All 15 members voted in favor, including China and Russia.

In 2009, Russia also supported the imposition of sanctions on North Korea in response to its nuclear tests.

However, the relationships between Russia It is North Korea They became close again after Putin’s return to power in 2012. A year earlier, Kim Jong-un had taken over as leader of North Korea following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

In 2015, Russia It is North Korea They announced the start of a “year of friendship” between the two countries and, in 2019, Kim met Putin for the first time in Vladivostok, close to the border.

Source: Elcomercio

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