The North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-unwas shown this Wednesday convinced of the Army’s victory and the people of “great Russia” in Ukraine during a luncheon given in their honor by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
“I am convinced that the heroic Russian Army and people, who brilliantly inherited the traditions of victory, will demonstrate dignity and honor on two fronts: in the special military operation and in the building of a strong State“Kim said while giving a toast to the “new victories of great Russia,” in what he defined as “a sacred struggle to punish the gathering of evil.”
Kim, who met this Wednesday with Putin at the Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome, in the Russian Far East, added that aims to build “stable” and “lasting” relations with Russia with the help of the head of the Kremlin. “We will stimulate the construction of strong states in our countries and maintain true international stability,” he assured.
Regarding the content of his conversations with Putin, which lasted more than two hours, Kim said that the two addressed in a “deep” way the “political and military situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Europe.”
“Our current visit comes at a time of fierce confrontation in the international arena between the progressive and the reactionary, between justice and injustice, as well as the construction of a multipolar world,” Kim noted.
For its part, Putin assured that Moscow and Pyongyang will continue to strengthen their friendship for the sake of “peace, stability and well-being” in the region.
“An old friend is better than two new ones”Putin cited a Russian proverb during lunch with Kim.
At the beginning of his meeting with the head of the Kremlin, the North Korean leader had already declared his support for Russia’s “holy struggle” for its sovereignty and security.
“We have always supported and we support all of President Putin’s decisions,” he assured, and trusted that his current visit, his second to Russia in four years, will raise bilateral relations to a new level.
The two leaders began their meeting with a visit to the Soyuz-2 space rocket launch facility, where Kim asked a Russian space official several questions about the rockets.
Kim and Putin then met with their delegations and later alone, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Following the talks, the Russian president hosted an official lunch for Kim, Russian state media reported.
North Korea may have millions of decades-old artillery shells and rockets based on Soviet designs that could give a big boost to the Russian military in Ukraine, analysts say.
The decision to meet at the Cosmodrome, Russia’s most important launch center on its own territory, suggests Kim is seeking Russian help in developing military reconnaissance satellites, which he has described as crucial to raising the threat from his nuclear-capable missiles.
In recent months, North Korea has repeatedly failed to launch its first military spy satellite into orbit.
But buying weapons or supplying rocket technology to North Korea would violate international sanctions that Russia has supported in the past.
(With information from EFE and AP)