North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has pledged his nation’s support for Russia in its standoff with the US and its allies. He is making a rare visit to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the space facility in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur Region.
“Russia has risen for a holy fight to protect its national sovereignty and safety against hegemonic forces,” Kim said ahead of negotiations on Wednesday. “We will always stand together [with Russia] against imperialism.”
His host noted that the Vostochny Cosmodrome was an unusual venue for the meeting.
“We are proud of the development of our space industry, and this facility is new for us. I hope that you and your colleagues are interested in it,” Putin said.
The Korean officials were given a tour of the space launch site.
Negotiations between the Russian and North Korean delegations followed the remarks by Putin and Kim, and lasted approximately an hour, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later told journalists. The two leaders then had a one-to-one meeting.
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