North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Explores Russian Aircraft Factory
In a rare foreign trip, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited an aircraft factory in Russia, signaling the deepening ties between the two countries. During his visit, Kim met with President Vladimir Putin and toured various weapons and technology sites.
One of the highlights of Kim’s trip was his visit to the aircraft factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where he had the chance to view Russia’s most advanced fighter jet, the Su-57. The North Korean leader also witnessed a demonstration flight of the Su-35, another fighter jet produced at the plant.
The governor of the region highlighted the historical cooperation between Russia and North Korea and their joint efforts to resist Western pressure. Kim’s visit was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, who expressed the potential for collaboration in aircraft-making and other industries.
Experts speculate that Kim’s visit to Russia may result in a supply of ammunition to support Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine, in exchange for advanced weapons or technology. Furthermore, analysis suggests that the North Korean leader seeks Russian assistance to upgrade his country’s air force and navy, while helping Putin replenish his war supplies.
The summit between Kim and Putin took place at Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, opening the potential for space research cooperation between the two countries. However, concerns have been raised by the United States, South Korea, and Japan regarding potential weapons deals between Russia and North Korea. Warnings have been issued, emphasizing that such deals will have consequences.
South Korea’s Unification Minister cautioned that if arms transfers occur between North Korea and Russia, it would prompt stronger responses from South Korea, the US, and Japan. As a result, there is rising apprehension about the potential repercussions of this growing relationship between North Korea and Russia.
The state media in North Korea reported that Kim extended an invitation to Putin to visit North Korea, which was later confirmed as Putin accepted. However, official media outlets from both countries have provided limited information about Kim’s trip.
Kim’s visit to the Russian aircraft factory signifies a significant step towards expanding ties between North Korea and Russia. As speculations about potential weapons deals continue, the international community waits with bated breath to see how this evolving relationship will impact regional stability.