Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during his first visit to his neighbouring country Russia in nearly four years, said his visit was clear show of “strategic importance” of Russia-North Korea ties, North Korean state media KCNA reported on Wednesday.
“Kim Jong Un said that his visit to the Russian Federation … is a clear manifestation of the stand of the WPK and the government of the DPRK prioritizing the strategic importance of DPRK-Russia relations,” the KCNA report stated, according to Reuters.
The official name of North Korea is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the party, which solely rules the country, is Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).
The North Korean leader’s visit to Russia can be seen as his first foreign visit post- COVID-19 pandemic, KCNA said in its report.
The North Korean leader reached Russia early on Tuesday, after arriving on the border town of Khasan in Russia, the state media confirmed.
The report also stated that Kim’s visit to the neighbouring country seeks to put DPRK-Russia relations of friendship and cooperation on a “fresh higher level”.
As per reports, the two leaders are expected to have a comprehensive discussion about an arms deal. With this deal, North Korea is expected to extend support to Moscow in the form of weapons, military technology and food security in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
Earlier on, the Russian Defence minister had visited Pyongyang for Liberation Day celebrations.
As per reports, Russia is in dire need of fresh ammunition and shells as the war with Ukraine enters the 19th month. On the other hand, North Korea would also be able to benefit from Russia due to the international sanctions imposed on the country.
Not only would this deal benefit Russia, but North Korea would also become a recipient of Russian arms and weapons, despite the sanctions imposed by the United Nations.
The United States and South Korea have raised their concerns regarding this “unexpected meeting” between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin. Both Washington and Seoul will be monitoring the deal closely.