Kim Jong-un ends six-day visit to Russia Russian officials presented him with six drones

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(Original title: Russian media: The chief executive of the Russian Primorsky Territory gave Kim Jong-un a piece of body armor and six drones)

Comprehensive Russian Satellite News Agency and Agence France-Presse reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Russia by special train on the 17th, ending a six-day visit.

Russian Satellite News Agency said that Russian Primorsky Minister of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations Zlatkin told the media that Primorsky District Chief Kozhemiako presented 1 piece of body armor and 6 drones to Kim Jong-un as gifts when showing locally produced military supplies for the special military operation to the DPRK delegation visiting Russia earlier in the day.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Russia on a special train on the 17th, pictured from the Russian News Agency video screenshot

According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Kim Jong-un visited Russia's Far Eastern Federal University earlier on September 17, and later on, Primorsky District Chief Executive Kozhemiako showed the DPRK delegation the research and development results of local enterprises in Primorsky Krai and the munitions products of special military operations produced by local enterprises. A representative of the Primorsky Krai government told the media that Kozhemiako presented Kim Jong-un with several military supplies as gifts after the visit.

"[We] gave away 1 piece of body armor, completely designed and produced by Primorye (enterprises). A set of FPV drones was presented with a total of 5 drones, as well as an interactive glasses control system. The third gift is the 'Geranium-25' drone, model 8, reconnaissance type, with surveillance and control systems. Sputnik quoted Zlatkin, Minister of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations of Primorye, as saying.

According to an earlier report by the Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong-un visited the city of Vladivostok, Russian Federation, on the 16th, and boarded the frigate "Marshal Shaposhnikov" of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu presented Comrade Kim Jong-un with a sincere gift, but KCNA did not specify what the gift was.

According to the latest news from Russian media such as Russia's "Izvestia" and RIA Novosti, Kim Jong-un's special train left the station in Russia's Far East Primorsky Krai on September 17.

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What signal does Kim Jong-un's visit to the Su-57 manufacturing plant send?

According to CCTV news reports, on September 15, local time, North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, and went to the Gagarin aircraft factory.

South Korean media quoted intelligence agency sources as saying that Kim Jong-un's visit to a Russian aircraft factory was the "highlight of his visit" to Russia. The outside world said that this sends a very important signal that North Korea is eager to upgrade its large and aging air power and even solve the problem of fighter generation in one fell swoop.

Kim Jong-un's train arrived in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia Source: Russian Satellite News Agency

Gagarin Aircraft Plant is an aviation enterprise named after the Soviet cosmonaut hero Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin. In 1958, the first mass-produced Su-7 fighter made its first successful flight at the plant. In the 80s of the 20th century, the plant overcame many difficulties and ushered in the mass production of the Su-27. When Soviet test pilot Pugachev flew the Su-27 fighter at the Paris Air Show and successfully performed the super-maneuvering action of "Pugachev Cobra Maneuver", the world was amazed.

In 2002, after defeating the Mikoyan Design Bureau in a competitive bid to win the project for the development of a Russian fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi Design Bureau immediately chose to cooperate with the Gagarin aircraft plant. At present, the Gagarin aircraft factory has delivered the fifth-generation stealth fighter Su-57 to the Russian Defense Ministry. According to TASS on August 30, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex said that the Su-57 hit targets at a distance of 120 kilometers during the special military operation, and in the short term in the future, aviation missiles capable of hitting targets within 300 kilometers will be obtained.

Yonhap News Agency reported that Kim Jong-un is expected to arrive in Vladivostok at noon on the 16th, visit the Russian Pacific Fleet Command, Far Eastern Federal University and other places, and leave for North Korea that night. South Korea's YTN TV believes that Kim Jong-un may hold separate talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the 16th, and the two sides are expected to discuss the substantive military agreement between North Korea and Russia and joint training.

Putin shook hands with Kim Jong-un Source: KCNA

At the invitation of Russian President Putin, Kim Jong-un set off from Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, to visit Russia by special train on the afternoon of the 10th, and arrived in the Russian border city of Hassan on the morning of the 12th. KCNA said that Kim Jong-un and Putin visited the Eastern Cosmodrome together on the 13th. Putin held a reception on the same day to welcome Kim Jong-un and his entourage.

After the DPRK-Russia summit talks and dinner, Kim Jong-un said goodbye to Putin in front of the special train on the 14th and went to the Khabarovsk Territory in the Russian Far East. RIA Novosti reported that Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed that there is a discussion on the possibility of sending North Korean astronauts into space at the "Putin meeting". "We discussed the fact that if the North Korean side wants to, we can train the North Korean astronaut and send him into space."

He also said that Putin sent Kim Jong-un a Russian-made highest-quality rifle. In return, Putin also received a DPRK-made rifle. Peskov also said on the same day that Kim Jong-un's visit to the Russian Far East will "last for a few more days."

In response to the DPRK-Russia talks, both South Korea and the United States responded strongly.

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's National Security Council (NSC) said on the 14th that North Korea and Russia will pay the price for all behaviors that threaten South Korea's security in violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. The ROK presidential office said that the ROK government will maintain communication and coordination with the United States, Japan and other international communities and take seriously the issue of military cooperation between the DPRK and Russia.

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yong-ho said: "After the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to the DPRK, judging from the movements between North Korea and Russia, Kim Jong-un's recent inspections of munitions factories, the entourage of the summit, and Russia's hint at providing artificial satellites to North Korea, the two sides are continuing to strengthen military transactions." ”

The US State Department announced on the 13th that it approved the sale of F-35 fighters to South Korea. This will improve South Korea's ability to respond to current and future threats and allow the U.S. and South Korean militaries to improve their joint operations capabilities, but will not alter the basic military balance in the region, the State Department said. If Russia and North Korea reach any new arms deals, the Biden administration will not hesitate to impose more sanctions on both countries.

Japan warned Russia not to violate United Nations resolutions on arms deals with North Korea.