He North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s special trainappears to be heading to the region of Khabarovskin it Russian Far Eastahead of a planned visit to an aircraft factory in this territory, the South Korean agency reported yonhap.
Citing anonymous sources from the southeastern Russian port of Vladivostok, Yonhap says the convoy is approaching the capital of the Khabarovsk region with the apparent intention of heading to the town of Komsomolsk-on-Amurlocated about 400 kilometers further north.
In Komsomolsk there is a plant that manufactures Russian fighter jets such as the Sukhoi-57 and which Kim plans to visit today.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putinsaid yesterday, after holding a summit with Kim at the Vostochny cosmodrome, in the Amur region, that the North Korean leader would fly to the aircraft factory and then travel to Vladivostok to visit a base of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
However, it is believed that Kim could be traveling aboard his armored train to Komsomolsk, which is located about 1,180 kilometers east of Vostochny.
The sources consulted by yonhap They suggest that Kim would arrive in the aforementioned city at the end of the day (local time in the Russian Far East) this Thursday and that he would visit the plant on Friday.
Although the details have not been made public, after yesterday’s summit, Putin assured that there is room for military and space cooperation between the two countries, a possibility that would potentially imply a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions that weigh on the Pyongyang regime and that has been condemned by the West and Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan.
According to what media outlets such as the New York Times citing US intelligence sources, Kim would be willing to support Moscow’s war in Ukraine with “millions” of anti-tank missiles and artillery ammunitionwhile Pyongyang would receive, in addition to food aid, satellite technology or nuclear-powered submarines.
Beyond Kim’s planned visits to Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Vladivostok, the North Korean leader’s agenda is completely unknown, including how many days he will remain in Russia, where he arrived last Tuesday.
Putin and Kim They exchanged warm words on Wednesday that solidify their alliance amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and North Korea’s acute food and energy shortages, two scenarios from which a trade deal could result.
The two leaders met at the Vostochny cosmodrome for a summit that demonstrates that their interests are aligning in the face of the confrontations they maintain, each on their own, and increasingly intense, with the United States.
(With information from EFE, AFP and AP)